Hepatitis C Key Messages - Transmission


Transmission key message

Hepatitis C is passed blood to blood. Know how to protect yourself and others.

  • Use new needles, syringes, filters, water and cookers if you inject drugs.
  • Use your own pipe or stem and mouthpiece if you smoke drugs.
  • Use your own rolled paper or straws if you snort drugs.
  • Use only sterile equipment, new needles and new ink if you get a tattoo or piercing.
  • Use your own personal care items such as razors, nail clippers and toothbrushes.
  • Use condoms and lube if you are having sex that has a higher chance of hepatitis C transmission.
  • Although not common, hepatitis C can be passed from parent to child during pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Sexual transmission of hepatitis C is rare. The risk increases with certain factors such as condomless anal sex, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, sex where blood is present, group sex and chemsex.

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