How is hepatitis C prevented?

Updated: May 10, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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For individuals exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV), passive immunization is not recommended. No vaccine has been developed for hepatitis C virus. People with HCV should be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B virus to prevent worsening of liver disease. Household contacts of children with HCV should be vaccinated against hepatitis A virus.

Discourage users of intravenous drugs from sharing needles. Adhere to universal precautions. Breastfeeding is not contraindicated for mothers with HCV infection. There is no need to bar children with HCV infection from attending daycare.

Infected patients with multiple partners should use barrier protection during sex. No special precautions are needed for monogamous relationships.

Instruct the patient not to share personal care articles such as toothbrushes or razors.

Blood, organ, or sperm donation from patients with hepatitis C virus infection is not permitted.

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