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HEPC

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OVERVIEW

PREVENTION

There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, therefore prevention of HCV infection depends upon reducing the risk of exposure to the virus in health-care settings, in higher risk populations, for example, people who inject drugs, and through sexual contact.

The following list provides a limited example of primary prevention interventions recommended by WHO:

  • Hand hygiene: including surgical hand preparation, hand washing and use of gloves;
  •  Safe handling and disposal of sharps and waste;
  • Provision of comprehensive harm-reduction services to people who inject drugs including sterile injecting equipment;
  • Testing of donated blood for hepatitis B and C (as well as HIV and syphilis);
  •  Training of health personnel;
  •  Promotion of correct and consistent use of condoms.

“Hepatitis C is found worldwide. The most affected regions are Africa and Central and East Asia. Depending on the country, hepatitis C infection can be concentrated in certain populations”

in WHO Fact sheet N°164
Updated July 2015