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What can I do to help prevent hepatitis caused by viruses?

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To lower your chances of getting the disease:

  • Get the vaccines for hepatitis A and B.
  • Use a latex condom during sex.
  • Don't share needles or take illegal drugs.
  • Use good personal hygiene, such as hand-washing.
  • Don't use an infected person's personal items, like razors or toothbrushes.
  • If you get any tattoos or body piercings, choose licensed shops that clean equipment properly.
  • If you travel to areas of the world with poor sanitation, get your hepatitis A shot before you go.
  • If you eat raw sushi, consider getting the hepatitis A vaccine.

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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