HepC Information

How is it passed on?

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. You can get it through blood-to-blood contact with an infected person’s blood.

Hepatitis C can live outside the body on surfaces for several days and is considered 30 times more infectious than HIV.

You can get it through:

  • Blood to blood contact. 
  • Using/sharing drug injecting equipment (highest rate of transmission) and using/sharing contaminated snorting/smoking equipment.
  • In rare cases, it can be transmitted through certain unprotected sexual practices if blood is present.
  • In rare cases, mother to child during childbirth. The mother can breastfeed as long as the nipples are NOT cracked. 

The length of treatment time and success rate differs depending on genotype.

For some people, interferon can have some severe side effects. It is not suitable for everybody and not everyone can tolerate it.

Even after successful treatment, people can become infected again if exposed to infected blood.

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