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Hepatitis C spreads when blood containing the virus gets inside another person. Typically, this happens through injection drug use or sharing needles, syringes or lancets contaminated with blood containing hepatitis C. Other ways hepatitis C can spread:

  • Use of personal care items (like a razor, nail clipper or toothbrush) contaminated with blood containing hepatitis C.
  • Getting a tattoo or piercing with unsterilized needles or other equipment (professional shops are low risk).
  • Sex with a person who has hepatitis C (although the risk of this is very low).
  • Your mom had hepatitis C when you were born.