Hepatitis C is a serious, but preventable, disease.

How can I reduce risk of getting or spreading of hepatitis C?

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to protect you against hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C prevention is mostly straightforward and involves being aware of anything that may come into contact with your blood. Here are some ways to prevent spreading or contracting HCV:

  • Do not touch or handle blood without wearing gloves.
  • Do not share personal hygiene items, like razors, scissors, toothbrushes, or nail cutters.
  • Never share or reuse needles or other drug equipment.
  • Ensure tattoo, piercing, manicure, pedicure, electrolysis, or acupuncture equipment is properly sterilized.
  • Clean up any blood spills with bleach.

If you have hepatitis C:

  • Advise health professionals.
  • Inform your sexual partner(s) and always practice safer sex.
  • Cover any open sores or breaks in the skin.
  • Do not donate blood, organs, tissue, or sperm.