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Can sharing drugs spread hepatitis C?

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Intravenous drug users are at greatest risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C because many share needles. The virus may be present in other equipment used with illicit drugs, too.

Even sharing a straw or dollar bill when snorting�cocaine�could transmit�hepatitis�C. Microscopic droplets of blood from the nasal passages may enter the straw and be passed on to the next user, even if they can't be seen.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management."

CDC: "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease."

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine: "U.S. hepatitis C cases down sharply since 1980s."

The Hepatitis C Trust: "Living with Hepatitis C: Transmission Prevention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management."

CDC: "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease."

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine: "U.S. hepatitis C cases down sharply since 1980s."

The Hepatitis C Trust: "Living with Hepatitis C: Transmission Prevention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

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