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HCV Prevention Facts
Hepatitis C is spread by direct blood-to-blood contact. Here are some tips that help you make sure that your blood does not come into contact with another person’s blood.
Hygiene Items and HCV Facts
It would be very hard to give or get HCV unless there is direct blood-to-blood contact. Things like razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers and other personal hygiene items can spread HCV, but it is difficult to do so. In fact, there has never been a proven case of this happening.
Instruments such as scissors or a nail cutter to cut a cuticle or nails that have someone else’s blood on it. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to make sure that the instruments used for manicures and pedicures are properly sterilized between each customer.
Mother-to-Child Transmission Facts
Transmission of the hepatitis C virus from an HCV-infected mother to her unborn infant is uncommon and only happens at the time of birth. In fact, it only happens in about 6 infants out of 100. Some medical providers will advise a woman to treat HCV before having a child.
Needle Exchange Facts
The most common way that people get HCV is from sharing needles and anything that is used to inject street drugs. Even sharing needles to inject hormones, steroids, and vitamins can transmit HCV. Visit a needle exchange site in your area to get help with ways to keep you safe.
Piercings and HCV Facts
There is a real chance that a person could get hepatitis C while having a piercing if safety practices are not followed very carefully. We recommend that people get a piercing in a commercial piercing studio that practices the safety measures listed in this fact sheet.
Preventing HCV in IDU’s Facts
The number one way that people get infected with hepatitis C (HCV) is from sharing needles and works — this includes sharing needles, cookers, cottons, ties, water, etc. To prevent transmission of hepatitis C do not share any or works.
Prevention in a Household
Hepatitis C is spread by blood-to-blood contact. In order to prevent giving or getting Hep C it is important to make sure that someone’s Hep C-infected blood does not come into contact with another person. It is important to talk with the person you live with about any possible risks and the ways you can stay safe. Giving or getting Hep C in a household is very uncommon but you can reduce the risk even more by taking these simple steps:
Sex & HCV Facts
People who have many sex partners or who have sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) should always use rubbers and take other precautions, such as covering any open cuts or wounds since these could pass Hep C during sex. Hep C is also easier to spread while a woman is on her period.
Tattoos and HCV Facts
There is a very real chance that a person could get hepatitis C while having a tattoo if safety practices are not followed very carefully. We recommend using only those commercial tattoo artists who practice the steps listed in this pdf.