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Viral Hepatitis C

There is no cure for Hepatitis C.

To prevent exposure to Hepatitis C

Do not shoot drugs; if you shoot drugs, stop and get into a treatment program; if you can't stop, never share needles, syringes, water, or "works", and get vaccinated against hepatitis A & B.
Do not share personal care items that might have blood on them (razors, toothbrushes).
If you are a health care or public safety worker, always follow routine barrier precautions and safely handle needles and other sharps; get vaccinated against hepatitis B.
Consider the risks if you are thinking about getting a tattoo or body piercing. You might get infected if the tools have someone else's blood on them or if the artist or piercer does not follow good health practices.
HCV can be spread by sex, but this is rare. If you are having sex with more than one steady sex partner, use latex condoms* correctly and every time to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. You should also get vaccinated against hepatitis B.
If you are HCV positive, do not donate blood, organs, or tissue.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/fact.htm

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