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Can I Get Hepatitis C From Someone I Live With?

How likely am I to become infected with hepatitis C from someone living in my house?

 
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The likelihood of getting hepatitis C from household (nonsexual) contact is generally considered to be low. Most of the time, transmission of the virus occurs when household members have direct skin contact with blood from the infected individual.
 
Keep in mind, however, that a low risk is still a risk, so you'll want to take measures to avoid transmission of the virus. Don't share toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers, or other personal-care items; make sure the infected individual properly covers any skin wounds or sores; and learn how to safely clean up blood spills. 
 
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