How to prevent from Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a silent disease and in nearly 80% of the cases the symptoms don’t manifest at all. there is a lot of myth and fear around what causes Hepatitis C here are a list of things that don’t cause Hepatitis C followed by precautions to be taken.

What doesn’t cause Hepatitis C:

  • Hugging
  • Kissing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Sharing utensils or glasses
  • Sharing food and water
  • Casual contact
  • Breastfeeding your baby if you are detected with Hepatitis C, but please ensure that your nipples aren’t cracked and bleeding

Your normal activities do not pose any risk and you cannot contact this disease through them.

How does Hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C spreads through blood of an infected person’s blood. It spreads through unprotected sex with multiple partners and through needles. Here is list of common precautions:

What not to share:

  • Anything that could possibly have your blood on it, which includes razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers etc.
  • Don’t share needles or similar equipment’s with others. Also if you are doing drugs, that too injectable street drugs please opt for a treatment program.
  • Do not donate blood, organs, tissue or semen.

Be extra careful with:

  • Open wounds, blisters, cuts or sores and cover them with bandages, and do not let it come in contact with others.
  • Dispose of tampons, sanitary napkins, tissues, used bandages, and anything else that might have your blood on it.
  • Clean spilled blood from surfaces with a bleach.
  • Thoroughly wash hands and any object that comes in contact with your blood with soap

Sex and Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C can spread through sexual intercourse, but it’s a rare phenomenon. In fact, according to CDC, if you are monogamous, the risk is rather low extremely rare that they don’t even recommend the use of condom. Also, Hepatitis C doesn’t spread through oral sex.
But if you have multiple partners, it is advisable that you protect your partner with the use of a condom.

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