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Hepatitis C, being blood aware

Hepatitis C, being blood aware

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Hepatitis C, being blood aware

How is hepatitis C passed on? 

Hepatitis C (or hep C) is only passed on through blood-to-blood contact. This is when the blood of someone with hep C gets into someone else’s blood stream. 

The most common ways hep C is passed on is through:

Less common ways hep C can be passed on are:

Research suggests that a small number of people do get hep C through blood-to-blood contact during sex. So hep C can be passed on through sex, but it is rare. If blood-to-blood contact happens during sex, hep C might be passed on. To avoid this, use condoms, dams, or gloves and lubricant. People with hep C can be completely cured and free of hep C, so sex  after being cured is no longer a risk for transmission. Read more about Hep C and sex & relationships >>

Using drug injecting equipment 

Using unsterile injecting equipment is a risk for hepatitis C. This means sharing or reusing other people’s needles and syringes (fits) or other injecting equipment can put you at risk for hep C.

If you inject drugs, consider the following tips to reduce possible risks for hepatitis C (called harm reduction).

 Where can you get sterile equipment?

Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) can help you with health advice and sterile (new) equipment.

You can use this map to find your nearest NSW Ministry of Health NSP (Needle and Syringe Program). Click here for the NSW NSP map.

Contact the Hepatitis Infoline for more information 

Have more questions about finding and using sterile injecting equipment? Contact the free Hepatitis Infoline or read our How do you get hep C page for more information on hepatitis C transmission and risk.

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