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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that lives in the liver.  It is spread through different kinds of blood to blood contact which is called a blood-borne infection (BBI).
 
How do you get it/ spread it?
Hepatitis C is most often spread through the sharing of needles or drug use equipment with someone who has the infection.  It can also be spread through blood transfusions that were given before 1990, re-use of tools used for activities that break skin (tattoos, piercings), sharing personal items that may carry blood on them (razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers), and during pregnancy and childbirth.
 
How do I get tested?
Getting tested is important!  If you are involved in activities that put you at risk, you may have Hep C and not know it. That means you could also be spreading Hep C to others, but not know it.  Getting tested involves a blood test. 
 
Where do I get tested? 
You can get tested at a doctor's office or the sexual health clinic. All testing is confidential.
 
How can I not get Hep C?
You can protect yourself from Hep C by never sharing needles, drug preparation equipment or anything else that may have blood on it (toothbrushes, razors, pipes etc). 
 
If you inject or smoke drugs (including steroids), visit your local Northwestern Health Unit Needle Exchange Program to get clean gear.
 
 
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