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How can you get hepatitis C?

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  • The virus spreads through the blood or body fluids of an infected person. You can catch it from: Sharing drugs and needles
  • Having sex, especially if you have an STD, an HIV infection, several partners, or have rough sex
  • Being stuck by infected needles
  • Birth -- a mother can pass it to a child Hepatitis C isn’t spread through food, water, or by casual contact.

From: Hepatitis C and the Hep C Virus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, FDA. The Cleveland Clinic Department of Gastroenterology. CDC.  "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals." The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects Management Chart." UptoDate: "Patient Information: "Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)." FDA. "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C." "Mavyret Prescribing Information." Hepatitis C Online. "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)." "Daclatasvir (Daklinza)."






Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA. The Cleveland Clinic Department of Gastroenterology. CDC.  "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals." The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects Management Chart." UptoDate: "Patient Information: "Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)." FDA. "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C." "Mavyret Prescribing Information." Hepatitis C Online. "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)." "Daclatasvir (Daklinza)."






Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 23, 2019

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