Hepatitis C: Prevention and risks

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How hepatitis C spreads

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood containing HCV. It only takes a small amount of blood to transmit HCV.

The HCV virus can live outside of the body for several days to several weeks. HCV can be transmitted through:

Even if you clear the HCV on your own or are cured with treatment, you can still get hepatitis C again.

A person with HCV who has no symptoms or signs of hepatitis C can pass the virus to another person.

Preventing Hepatitis C

There are ways to prevent and reduce the likelihood of hepatitis C when engaging in different activities that may have a chance of transmission.

To help prevent acquiring or transmitting HCV:

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