How can you reduce your risk for hepatitis?

Dr. Ravikumar discusses how you can reduce your risk for hepatitis.?Click play to watch the video or?read the transcript.

How can you reduce your risk for hepatitis?

The risk of hepatitis since it's viral has always been through combating the modes of transmission. So obviously, washing your hands thoroughly, eating food that's properly prepared, eating at places that are reputable and known, can minimize the risk of hepatitis A. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C, the most common way of transmission has always been through contaminated bodily fluids, so obviously safety needles for health care workers, avoiding occupational exposure, people in the general community to reduce the risk of transmission would be obviously to not engage in high risk activities, use barrier protection for sexual intercourse and also obviously clean needles, and also obviously not to use IV drugs, which can commonly be contaminated. Hepatitis C can be viable and active in a contaminated sample for up to thirty days after contamination by bodily fluids.

 

Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce your risk of getting hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

For hepatitis A, washing your hands and avoiding unclean food and water also can help, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Because hepatitis B and C spread through contact with bodily fluids, avoid sharing items such as razors or toothbrushes, clean blood spills with a cleaner that contains bleach, and be cautious when getting tattoos and piercings.

You also need to practice safe sex and avoid drug use and shared drug needles or other equipment.

Talk to your doctor for more information about ways to reduce your risk for hepatitis.

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