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How can avoiding sharing needles help prevent hepatitis C infection?

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You can get hepatitis C if you come into contact with the blood of someone who has hepatitis C. The most common way to get hepatitis C is by sharing needles and other equipment (such as cotton, spoons, and water) used to inject illegal drugs.

From: Hepatitis C Prevention WebMD Medical Reference

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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