If you are diagnosed with hepatitis C there are lifestyle changes you can make to help you stop it damaging your liver further and to protect others.
- It’s important to eat a well-balanced diet, as the build up of fatty deposits in the liver can damage it further
- As hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer or liver failure, it’s advisable not to drink alcohol
- The risk of sexual transmission of hepatitis C in a stable, long-term monogamous relationship is low, and there is no need to change sexual practices. If you don’t know someone’s sexual history then always use a condom. Only condoms can provide all-in-one protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. If you are pregnant and have hepatitis C make sure you inform your GP or midwife.
Your specialist will be able to advise you further.