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. If you don’t have Hepatitis C, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected by doing the following:
- If you’re injecting street 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.