How is Hepatitis C Transmitted?


hep-cKnowing how is hepatitis C transmitted can help you prevent getting infected with the hepatitis c virus. In some patients, Hepatitis c causes liver damage. So it is important to know the ways of transmission.

Hepatitis C is transmitted only via blood. This can happen if the blood of a hepatitis c infected person enters your blood.   This means any source of blood or blood products which is capable of carrying the hepatitis c virus can cause hepatitis c spread, even if the source is indirect. This might happen to you if you:

  1. Use a needle or a syringe (that somebody with hepatitis c has already used) to inject drug in your body.
  2. Are injured by a needle prick in a lab or a blood spill in a healthcare centre that has already been infected with hepatitis c virus.
  3. Using infected sharp razors, toothbrushes, scissors, nail choppers, etc

In the 1970s and 1980s, the answer to the question – how is hepatitis c transmitted- was not well known. Many people unknowingly contracted hepatitis c virus via blood transfusion due to lesser known screening techniques. Effective blood screening of the virus implemented in 1990 has lowered its transfusion rate to below 5%.

Tattooing, and many other body piercing practices like ear piercing, acupuncture contribute significantly to hepatitis c spread, apart from the above causes of hepatitis c spread.

Heterosexual or homosexual acts with multiple sexual partners have been found as a mode of hepatitis c transmission, but the exact risk is not known. Because of the lack of adequate information, people in long term monogamous relations are advised not to change sexual practices.

There are chances of a pregnant woman spreading the virus to her baby, but the risk is quite low. However, the hepatitis c virus does spread at birth and unfortunately, there is no way to control or reduce the risk.

Breast feeding has been known to be absolutely safe unless the nipples are bleeding or cracked. In such cases, it is advisable for the mother to stop breast feeding till the lesion has healed completely.

You are now aware that hepatitis Cis spread only through contact with the infected person’s blood. Let’s have a look at how hepatitis c is not spread. It does not spread via-

  1. Hugging
  2. Kissing
  3. Cuddling
  4. Coughing
  5. Casual contact
  6. Sharing clothes and utensils
  7. Breastfeeding (unless nipples are bleeding or cracked)
  8. Sharing food or drinks

Hence, everyday contact is not risky.

Homoeopathy has been effective in various viral infections including hepatitis c. Dr. Rajesh Shah has been working on treatment for hepatitis c since more than a decade. The treatment has shown promising results.

Homoeopathic medicines for treatment of hepatitis c work by-

  1. Reducing the viral count and activity by enhancing the immunity.
  2. Treating the tissue changes that occur due to infection.

If you or your loved one has contracted hepatitis c, it is natural to wonder how is hepatitis c transmitted. However, it is wise to focus on what can now be done, rather than what has happened in the past – i.e. give a thought to the options for treatment of hepatitis c. If you are looking for homoeopathic treatment for hepatitis c, do get in touch with us at Lifeforce Homoeopathy. You may leave your contact details in the form below. Alternately, you can also get back to us on +91-22-66888888 or write back to us on the email id info@lifefoce.in

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