How do you get hepatitis C?

Posted 18 September, 2020
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How do you get hepatitis C?

Blood-to-blood contact!

This flyer provides a handy reference tool showing what activities are high risk, low risk and no risk for transmitting hepatitis C.

High risk

  • Sharing injecting drug equipment (e.g. needles, swabs, tourniquets, filters, spoons and water)
  • Sharing tattooing and piercing equipment or ink

Low risk

  • Blood-to-blood contact from fights
  • From mother to child during pregnancy
  • Needlestick injury
  • Sharing razors, toothbrushes, tweezers or nail clippers
  • Unprotected sex when there is blood (usually during rough or anal sex)

No risk

  • Sharing food, drinks, plates, cups, knives, forks or spoons
  • Spitting, coughing, sneezing
  • Sharing toilets, sinks or showers
  • Hugging or kissing
  • Blood transfusions or medical procedures in Australia after 1990

Hepatitis and looking after your liver

Bad for your liver

  • Alcohol
  • Fatty or sugary food
  • Some drugs, medicine and herbs
  • Smoking
  • Stress

Good for your liver

  • Drink lots of water
  • Healthy food (low-fat, low-sugar), lots of fruits, veggies
  • Rest and sleep
  • Relax and regular exercise

Information and Support

If you have a question, call Hepatitis Queensland Infoline on 1800 437 222 or email info@hepqld.asn.au

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