How is Hepatitis C Spread?

Hepatitis C (Hep C) is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. People can become infected with the Hepatitis C virus during such activities as:

  • Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs
  • Needle stick injuries in health care settings
  • Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C
  • Blood transfusions or organ donation before 1992
  • Less common, a person can also get the Hep C virus infection through:
  • Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
  • Having sexual contact with a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus
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