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How does hepatitis C spread?

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You catch hepatitis C when blood from someone who's infected gets in your body. This happens if you share needles to take illegal drugs.

It's less common, but you can also get sick if you:

It's rare, but if you're pregnant and have the disease, it's possible to pass it to your newborn.

  • Share a razor or toothbrush with someone who's infected
  • Have sex with somebody who has hepatitis C

From: Is Hepatitis Contagious? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "HepC123."

CDC: "Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis D Information for the Public," "Hepatitis E Information for the Public."

KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis B."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "HepC123."

CDC: "Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis D Information for the Public," "Hepatitis E Information for the Public."

KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis B."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

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