- Six Common Questions about Spreading Hepatitis C
- How Long Can the Hepatitis Virus Live Outside the Body?
When Visiting Becomes Higher-RiskIf you already have liver disease from a cause other than hepatitis C, you should be especially careful to follow these prevention strategies if you're visiting someone with the hepatitis C.
There is also a small risk of getting hepatitis C if you live with someone who is infected. This is because you have more opportunities to come into direct contact with something contaminated with the hepatitis C virus. For example, sharing razors, nail clippers, or toothbrushes can, in theory, spread the virus. However, spreading of hepatitis C through these means is very unusual.
Prevention Controls SpreadThe best way to prevent spreading hepatitis C is to follow effective prevention strategies. Vaccination isn't an option for hepatitis C, but there are other ways to lower your risk of exposure to the virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatitis C. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/C/cFAQ.htm#transmission. Accessed September 20, 2009.