Hepatitis C Prevention
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How to Prevent Hepatitis C
To prevent becoming infected with hepatitis C:
- Do not inject illicit drugs. Shared needles have highest risk. Seek help to Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction
- Do not have sex with partners who have STDs.
- Practice safe sex (using latex condoms ) or abstain from sex.
- Limit your number of sexual partners.
- Do not share personal items that might have blood on them, such as:
- Manicuring tools
- Pierced earrings
- Avoid handling items that may be contaminated by HCV-infected blood.
- Donate your own blood before elective surgery to be used if you need a blood transfusion.
To prevent spreading hepatitis C to others if you are infected:
- Tell your dentist and physician before receiving check-ups or treatment.
- Get both a hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination.
- Do not donate blood or organs for transplant.
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