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How can you prevent spreading hepatitis C?

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  • You can pass the hepatitis C virus to others through your blood, even if you don't have any symptoms. To prevent this, cover wounds carefully and avoid sharing: Razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, or diabetes supplies
  • Needles for injecting drugs, or steroids
  • Tools for body piercings or tattoos

Hepatitis C doesn't spread through kissing, coughing, sneezing, or sharing eating utensils. It's rare, but you can get it from unprotected sex.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet," "Hepatitis C: What to Expect When Getting Tested," "Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet," "Hepatitis C: What to Expect When Getting Tested," "Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

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