Living Well with Hepatitis C

Living with hepatitis C can affect all aspects of your life. Here's what to ask your doctor about taking good care of yourself and your loved ones.

Medications can treat hepatitis C, but there are other things you should do to stay healthy. Knowing how the disease might change your life—and what is likely to stay the same —can bring you peace of mind, and help keep your loved ones healthy.

If you have hepatitis C, remember that while it's not common for the virus to be spread through sex, it can happen. But it's still safe to hug, kiss and touch other people. Don't share razors or toothbrushes, which may have your blood on them. But it's okay to share forks, spoons, cups and food. Your doctor can explain other ways hepatitis C might affect your personal life and what you can do at home to keep yourself and your family well.

Ask your doctor:

  • What is the best way to practice safe sex?
  • If I get a cut at home or work, how should I clean up to avoid exposing others to the virus?
  • Are there any foods I should eat more often -- or less often?
  • Do I need to avoid alcohol completely, or just limit how many drinks I have each week?
  • How much rest should I get each day?
  • How much exercise should I get each week?
  • What vaccinations should I get?
  • Can I get a tattoo or body piercing?
  • Is it safe to become pregnant or breastfeed?
  • Can you recommend a good wellness program or support group?
  • I think I have a drug problem. Where can I get help?
  • What else can I do to stay as healthy as possible with hepatitis C?

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