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How to Protect Others from getting your Hep C

Discussion in 'HEP C HIV' started by gk, Jan 27, 2004.

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    There are a number of simple precautions you can take to reduce the risk of transmitting Hep C to other people:

    • understand how Hep C is – and is not – spread;
    • reduce opportunities where others may come in contact with your blood;
    • don’t share personal toiletry items such as toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers;
    • keep a first aid kit handy;
    • if you have any cuts, wounds or abrasions, keep them clean and covered with waterproof dressings;
    • clean up any blood spills with paper towels and soapy water;
    • bloodstained items such as Band-Aids, dressings, tampons and sanitary pads should be sealed in two plastic bags before being put in the bin;


    IF YOU INJECT DRUGS

    • if you inject drugs, it’s especially easy to spread Hep C – follow these guidelines:
    • wash your hands before and after every hit;
    • always use new injecting equipment (even full-strength bleach will not kill HCV);
    • don’t share any equipment, including fits, swabs, spoons, water and tourniquets;
    • dispose of used equipment safely;
    • consider using other, safer, methods of taking drugs, such as swallowing, snorting or smoking (if you snort drugs, don’t share straws or banknotes);
    • contact local drug-user groups, your Hep C or AIDS Council, needle and syringe program, or speak to your doctor for more information.
     
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