hcv risk factors
Mar 1, 2013
what are the Risk factors for hcv? thanks dr
Response from Dr. Taylor
Hepatitis C may be spread by blood containing the hepatitis C virus.
Common ways to catch hep C include sharing needles and other equipment used to inject drugs (cotton, water, cookers); sharing straws used to snort cocaine; sharing needles used to inject medications (such as steroids, testosterone); and receiving blood that contains hep C via a transfusion.
Sex that involves blood, such as having unprotected anal intercourse (sex in the butt), especially among HIV-infected gay men and men who have sex with men, may also spread hep C. Tatooing under unsterile conditions or having medical procedures involving blood without good infection control practices, may also spread hep C.
It is safest not to share toothbrushes and razors when one has hepatitis C, as these items may contain microscopic (tiny amounts not visible to the naked eye) amounts of blood.
Hepatitis C is not spread by other bodily fluids -- blood only.
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