Hepatitis C seems to have a common presence among drug users.
Myths and tales seem to spread quicker than a bunny in a super car, so let’s shed some light on what can actually be contagious and what should not worry you!
Hepatitis C is “simply” a virus that lives in your cells and infects your liver.
How does Hepatitis C spread?
Unlike many seem to believe, you cannot get hep C from social, casual contact! Kissing, hugging, sharing food and drinks, sneezing, coughing and so many other interactions like these are harmless.
You can get hepatitis C IF you come in contact with some infected person’s blood and that is the reason why hep C seems to be so common in the drug scene. Hard users tend to overlook their hygiene and, what’s worst, they often share gear (needles, cotton, spoons…).
There is still some uncertainty regarding sexual contact. Good sense should prevail – although, according to doctors, the risk of infection in this case is very small.
If your partner (or family member, or roommate) has hep C, some simple care should keep you safe. Avoid sharing personal objects, such as razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers and you should be alright!