Prevention of hepatitis D
Learn how hepatitis D can be prevented.
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How can hepatitis D infections be prevented?
While there are no vaccines available for this virus, getting vaccinated against hepatitis B will protect you against hepatitis D.
If you have not been vaccinated against hepatitis B, you can reduce the risk of hepatitis D infection by taking the following precautions.
- Avoid sharing drug equipment, such as:
- Practice safe sex. Use condoms and dental dams to reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection, including Hepatitis B.
- Avoid dental, medical or cosmetic procedures that penetrate the skin with unsterilized equipment. Procedures can include:
- blood transfusions (this is very rare in Canada)
- Wear latex gloves if you are likely to be in contact with someone else's blood or bodily fluids.
- Avoid sharing personal items with infected persons, such as:
- nail clippers
Be especially careful to follow these precautions when travelling abroad in countries where hepatitis B is widespread. Also know that cleaning shared items with bleach may not kill hepatitis B.
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