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• In­jected drugs or used po­ten­tially in­fected equip­ment to snort drugs, even if you did so only once

• Re­ceived a blood trans­fu­sion be­fore 1992

• Got a tat­too or body pierc­ing from some­one who didn’t use a ster­ile nee­dle or fresh ink

• Shared a ra­zor or other per­sonal-care item that might have con­tacted the blood of an in­fected in­di­vid­ual

• Were ex­posed to blood through an ac­ci­den­tal nee­dle stick or splash to the eyes, mouth or open wound

• Have HIV

• Have ever par­tic­i­pated in any sex­ual prac­tices that put you at risk of con­tact with blood that might be con­tam­i­nated

If you’re HCV-free, stay that way by avoid­ing con­tact with con­tam­i­nated blood. If you in­ject or snort drugs, use fresh sy­ringes, nee­dles and other de­liv­ery equip­ment. A prop­erly used con­dom or glove can pre­vent sex­ual trans­mis­sion when blood is present, in­clud­ing when a woman is men­stru­at­ing. Use your own per­sonal hygiene prod­ucts and never get a tat­too or pierc­ing with­out be­ing cer­tain the equip­ment and ink are ster­ile.

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