Prevention

HCV Prevention - Provider with patient

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is primarily transmitted through exposure to the blood of an infected person, although it is sometimes transmitted through sexual contact.

Sharing needles or syringes, sharing personal items such as razors, toothbrushes, etc. as well as getting tattoos or piercings outside a professional and licensed setting are all ways that HCV can be passed from one person to another. While sexual transmission is rare, that risk is increased for those who have multiple sex partners, have a sexually transmitted disease, engage in rough sex, or are infected with HIV.

Most people who have HCV are unaware that they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick, but they can still transmit the virus to others. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. Practicing the following can prevent HCV infection:

Free Condoms

Syringe Service Programs