there is no vaccine to prevent HCV infection. However, if you do not have hep
C, there are steps you can take to avoid coming into contact with the virus.
injecting or stopping injection drug use would eliminate the chief route of HCV
transmission. If you continue injecting drugs, then be sure to use new, sterile
syringes every time you inject. You should never reuse or share syringes,
needles, water or drug preparation equipment. The same is true for people who
do have hep C, to keep them from passing along the virus.
should not share toothbrushes or razors with someone you know is infected with
HCV. If you are considering a tattoo or body piercing, then be sure that they
are performed by reputable, licensed experts who follow strict hygiene
procedures (for example, using sterile equipment).
HCV transmission through sexual activity is rare, condoms are generally advised
to reduce the risk of transmitting HCV, along with HIV and other sexually
transmitted infections. There have been recent reports of sexual transmission
of hep C among men who have sex with men, in particular among those who are HIV