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What to do after testing negative for hepatitis C

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What should I do if I test negative?

It's a relief to test negative for hepatitis C. You should remember, though, that just because you tested negative, you are not immune from hepatitis C.

Continue to protect yourself from becoming infected. Here are some ways to reduce your risk of getting hepatitis C:

  • Don't inject drugs. If you shoot drugs, talk with your doctor about trying to stop. If you can't stop, don't ever share your needles or works with anyone else.
  • Always practice safe sex. Use a latex barrier, such as a condom (or rubber) every time you have sex. Using condoms also reduces your chances of getting some sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Do not use anyone else's razor, toothbrush, or other personal care items.