Is hepatitis C caused only by an exchange of bodily fluid?
Hello, Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver. If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver. It usually has symptoms like muscle aches and a high temperature, loss of appetite, fatigue, and feeling and being sick. The hepatitis C virus is usually spread through blood-to-blood contacts such as sharing unsterilized needles, sharing razors or toothbrushes, and pregnant women to an unborn baby. My question is it the only way to get hepatitis C? Is hepatitis C caused only by an exchange of bodily fluid?
@adrieyl Hello, The majority of patients with hepatitis C are found to have risk factors such as needle exposure, blood exposure, tattooing, body piercing, or sexual exposure that would allow for an exchange of blood or bodily fluids. It can be prevented by taking medications like direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C, covering any cuts or scrapes to prevent other people from coming into contact with the blood, and not donating blood. Thanks!