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Preventing transmission of hepatitis C

If you have hepatitis C you can reduce the chances of passing it on to others by:

  • not sharing personal items, like toothbrushes or razors
  • cleaning and covering any cut or a graze with a waterproof dressing
  • cleaning any blood from surfaces with household bleach
  • not sharing injecting equipment, such as needles, syringes, spoons and filters
  • not donating blood
  • using condoms when having sex with new partners - seek advice from a healthcare professional about long-term partners

For more information on preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) see sexualwellbeing.ie.

You can't spread hepatitis C by:

  • sneezing or coughing
  • kissing or hugging
  • sharing food or water
  • sharing dishes or glasses
  • casual contact - such as at work