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More ways to avoid exposure to hepatitis C 

Avoid sharing toothbrushes and razors

Toothbrushes and razors can be contaminated with someone else’s blood so it is always best to avoid sharing them.

Don’t share equipment for injecting drugs

Much of the equipment for injecting drugs comes into contact with blood, for example, needles, syringes, spoons, filters and tourniquets, so people who inject drugs should avoid sharing any equipment.

Don’t have unprotected sex (without a condom)

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 your partner does have hepatitis C, you should consider getting tested.

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.

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