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Hepatitis C (cont.)

Living with Hepatitis C Infection

Many people are living with hepatitis C. If you have hepatitis C, there are several important things that you can do to help yourself and others such as:

  • Eat a healthy diet and to get plenty of rest.
  • To avoid further liver damage:
    • Do not drink alcohol
    • Do not take medicine that can cause liver damage (these can be identified by your health-care professional).
    • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A & B if you are not already immune.
    • Do not to pass the infection to anyone else by taking the following precautions, such as:
    • Do not share toothbrushes or razors with others.
    • Do not to let anyone else come into contact with your blood, urine or feces.
    • Use condoms during sexual activity
    • Limit the number of sex partners you have.
    • If you use injection drugs, you do not share needles or syringes with anyone else.
    • It is best to not get tattoos or body piercings.

Although often uncomfortable, you should notify your partner of your hepatitis C prior to having sex. You also must notify all your health-care professionals of your infection, so they can take precautions.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/18/2016
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