How are the cutaneous manifestations of hepatitis C (Hep C) prevented?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Deterrence and prevention of the cutaneous manifestations of hepatitis C virus (HCV) are the same as in acute HCV. The primary concerns are to avoid inoculation of the virus into healthy persons through contaminated blood and organs, to prevent needlestick in at-risk groups (eg, health care workers), and to avoid high-risk behavior (eg, sharing cocaine-snorting straws and contaminated needles in pursuit of addictive drugs); all of these measures markedly reduce the likelihood of HCV infection.


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