Ways to Manage Hep C

Ways to Manage Hepatitis C

Proactive ways to Manage Hepatitis C

You can live an active life with Hep C.

The American Liver Foundation recommends:

*Eat healthy meals

*Exercise

*Rest when you feel tired

*Take only the medications recommended by your doctor

*Avoid alcohol and drugs

*See a liver doctor regularly (hepatologists and/or gastroenterologists)

*Keep all medical appointments

*Talk to your doctor about hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines

There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, the only way to prevent the spread of the disease is avoid contact with infected blood.

 

Proactive Prevention Measures to keep from spreading HCV

The Hepatitis C virus is spread through blood and it is important not to share needles, toothbrushes, razors or other personal items with others.

It is important to cover all cuts and sores, and thoroughly clean all surfaces after they may have come in contact with blood.  It is a good idea to keep band-aids in your wallet or purse in case you get cut away from home.  Wear latex gloves when you are helping someone dress an open wound.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that the Hepatitis C virus can be passed during sexual contact, yet it is low risk if a person has one, long-term steady sexual partner.  However, having multiple sex partners, or HIV, or engaging in rough sex can increase the risk of spreading the virus during sex.

 

Ways Hepatitis C is NOT spread

Hepatitis C is not spread by kissing, hugging, holding hands, sneezing, coughing, or sharing food, eating utensils or glasses.

 

References:

American Liver Foundation/Support Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

UT Southwestern Clinical Center for Liver Disease

Hepatitis Foundation International

Mayo Clinic