Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection that targets and damages the liver. Hepatitis C is transmitted through the blood of an infected person. Without proper care and treatment, the virus can become a major health problem despite being nearly curable with today’s advancements. Because of this, preventing hepatitis C is important.
Early detection and rapid treatment are vital with hepatitis C. In addition to getting your health under control, it is also imperative to prevent the spread of hepatitis C by being mindful of blood contact.
Sharing Needles Increases Your Risk of Hepatitis C
Sharing needles and cocaine straws increase your risk of getting hepatitis C. Sharing anything, especially sharp objects, that may cause bleeding and comes in contact with your skin must be avoided. Quitting drugs for your health is already important, but even if you can’t, having your own equipment and practicing proper hygiene can help you avoid contracting hepatitis C.
Do Not Share Razors, Toothbrushes, and Nail Clippers
These personal hygiene items are what they should be: personal. Toothbrushes can make contact with bleeding gums; cuts while shaving is widespread; and so are small accidents while clipping your nails. Avoiding sharing these personal items and keeping them sterile for your own safety at all times is paramount.
Choose Your Tattoo Parlor Wisely
One of the other ways hepatitis C is commonly transmitted is getting tattoos and piercings with contaminated equipment. Ensure the person who is giving you a tattoo or piercing is licensed and that they change needles for every new customer. Additionally, a good tip to remember is that you must witness all the instruments leave their plastic package to make sure they are going to be used for the first time.
As avoiding contact with potentially contaminated blood is vital, those who work in healthcare must protect themselves with the proper gloves and clothing as they are a high-risk group.
Hepatitis C is not a sexually transmitted disease, and hepatitis C via sexual contact is rare. However, it is not impossible, so safe sex can prevent hepatitis C if you have risk factors. Those who are sexually active with multiple partners, gay men especially, are at an increased risk of getting hepatitis C. Menstrual blood can also lead to the transmission of hepatitis C if your partner is infected.
Getting tested continually, especially if you are at risk, is recommended for everyone to prevent hepatitis C silently progressing and damaging the liver.
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