How Can I Prevent Getting Hepatitis C?

There is no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C, but there is research being done to develop one.  Currently, vaccines are only available for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

Remember that Hepatitis C is transmitted or spread when the blood from a Hepatitis C-infected person enters the bloodstream of someone who is not infected.  If you don’t have Hepatitis C, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected by doing the following:

  • If you’re injecting drugs, try to get into a treatment program.  If you continue to use drugs, don’t share needles or other equipment with anyone else.  Many cities have needle exchange programs that provide free, sterile needles.
  • Make sure all equipment has been sterilized if you’re getting body piercings or a tattoo.
  • If you’re a healthcare worker follow your institution’s safety precautions.  For example, wear protective clothing and gloves and dispose of contaminated sharp objects properly.
  • If you have more than one sex partner or are a man having sex with other men, use condoms for intercourse.


This page has been updated and medically reviewed October 2016.