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Yes, hepatitis C can be passed from person to person, usually through the skin. The most common ways that hepatitis C is spread is through intravenous (IV) drug users sharing needles and needle stick injuries in a health care setting. Before we had a test for hepatitis C in the blood, it was also common to pass hepatitis C through a blood transfusion (this is now very rare in the U.S.). It’s possible, though not common, for a mother to pass hepatitis C to her unborn baby. It’s very unusual to spread hepatitis C through sex, but it can happen. And while it’s very rare for hepatitis C to spread through sharing personal care items, like razors and toothbrushes, it’s best to avoid sharing with someone who has hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is not spread through coughing, sneezing, hugging, or kissing.

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