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Keep Hepatitis B and C at bay

health-and-fitness Updated: Aug 04, 2011 00:22 IST

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Here's how you can avoid contracting the deadly disease:



1 Don’t share razors:

Always use your own razor or toothbrush as using those contaminated with blood from someone who has the virus can pass on the disease.



2. Maintain normal weight:

Obesity is widely prevalent, and approximately 75 % of obese people have fatty liver — a disease that may lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.



3 Quit smoking:

Smoking has been linked to the development of liver cancer.



4 Practising safe sex:

Safe sex greatly reduces the chance of getting infected with Hepatitis B. While the risk of sexual transmission of Hepatitis C is rare, protected sex is always recommended.



5 Avoid use of recreational drugs:

Activities like intravenous drug use are a common mode of Hepatitis B and C transmission. Reports show that smoking Marijuana leads to increased risk of liver scarring in those who have Hepatitis C.



6 Blood transfusion:

Be careful while undergoing blood transfusion or donating blood. Make sure that doctors use fresh syringes and needles. If you are receiving blood, ensure that the blood is not infected.



7 Body tattoos:

Those who want to get a tattoo or have a body part pierced, should make sure that they deal only with establishments that adhere to meticulous sterilisation practices.