Who is at risk of getting hepatitis?
You are at a higher risk of getting hepatitis if you:
- Share needles to take drugs.
- Practice unprotected oral and/or anal sex.
- Have many sex partners.
- Drink lots of alcohol.
- Have poor nutrition.
- Work in a hospital or nursing home.
- Receive long-term kidney dialysis.
- Travel to areas with poor sanitation.
How can I protect myself against viral hepatitis?
There are many ways you can reduce your chances of getting hepatitis:
- Get the vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
- Use a condom during sex.
- Don't share needles to take drugs.
- Practice good personal hygiene such as thorough hand-washing.
- Don't use an infected person's personal items.
- Take precautions when getting any tattoos or body piercings.
- Take precaution when traveling to areas of the world with poor sanitation. This should include vaccination against hepatitis A and B.
It is very important that you take these preventive measures if you participate in risky behaviors. Take preventive steps, too, if you work in places like a nursing home, dormitory, daycare center, or restaurant where there is extended contact with other people and a risk of coming into contact with the disease.