Other Prevention Strategies
Until a vaccine is available for hepatitis C, there are a number of steps a person can take in order to prevent an infection with the hepatitis C virus. Because hepatitis C is spread through infected blood, the most important thing is to avoid other people's blood or things that might have other people's blood on them. Some specific suggestions for preventing hepatitis C include the following:
- Don't ever shoot drugs.
- If you are a healthcare worker, always follow routine barrier precautions and safely handle needles and other sharps. Get vaccinated against hepatitis B.
- Don't share personal items that might have blood on them. These items include razors, toothbrushes, and personal health supplies.
- If you have multiple sex partners, practice safe sex. This includes always using a condom, dental dam, or other latex barrier and avoiding "rough sex" or other activities that might cause bleeding.
- Consider the health 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 such as washing hands and using disposable gloves.