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Hepatitis D Prevention Through Avoiding High-Risk Behaviors

Certain behaviors put a person at risk of contracting hepatitis D. Avoiding these high-risk behaviors is another approach to hepatitis D prevention. Following are some recommendations for avoiding these types of high-risk behaviors:
  • If you are having sex, but not with one steady partner, use latex condoms correctly every time you have sex. Using condoms may lower your risk of getting hepatitis D.
  • Do not shoot drugs. If you shoot drugs, stop and get into a treatment program. If you can't stop, never share drugs, needles, syringes, water, or "works" -- and be sure to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
  • Don't share toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers, washcloths, or anything else that could have an infected person's blood on it.
  • Consider the risks if you are thinking about getting a tattoo or body piercing. You might get infected if the tools have someone else's blood on them or if the artist or piercer does not follow good health practices.
  • If you are a healthcare or public safety worker, get vaccinated against hepatitis B and always follow routine barrier precautions. Handle needles and other sharp objects in a safe manner.
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