Hepatitis C (cont.)
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Hepatitis C Prevention
Right now, there is no vaccine for the prevention of HCV transmission. The best means of preventing transmission of HCV is to prevent contact with infected blood, not to inject illicit drugs, and to avoid high-risk sexual behavior such as multiple partners and anal contact.
Avoiding alcohol and drugs that can damage the liver may help slow the rate of progression of the disease. Although no vaccine is available for hepatitis C, persons who are infected with one hepatitis virus usually do poorly if they acquire another hepatitis virus. Thus, persons with hepatitis C should be vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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