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How can you lower your odds of getting hepatitis C?

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There’s no effective vaccine against hepatitis C virus. If you’re a health care worker, be careful with blood. If you have sex with more than one partner, use condoms. And if you use drugs, don’t share needles, syringes, or anything that goes up your nose.

Spouses, partners, and others in close contact with people who have hep C should not share toothbrushes and razors. If you have the disease, cover your wounds and throw out blood-soaked bandages, tampons, or pads. Don’t let anyone else in the house touch them.

From: Hepatitis C Risk Factors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH: "Consensus Statement Online."

UptoDate: "Prevention of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infection among healthcare providers."

News release, CDC.

New York State Department of Health: "Who's at Risk for Hepatitis C."

CDC: “Hepatitis C and Incarceration,” “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 02, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH: "Consensus Statement Online."

UptoDate: "Prevention of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infection among healthcare providers."

News release, CDC.

New York State Department of Health: "Who's at Risk for Hepatitis C."

CDC: “Hepatitis C and Incarceration,” “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 02, 2018

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