How Is Hepatitis C Transmitted Between People?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis C is typically spread from blood of an infected person entering the body of a person who is not infected. This usually occurs when people share needles or other devices to inject drugs.

According to the CDC, Hepatitis C may also be spread from needlestick injuries in healthcare settings and from being born to a mother with the virus. Less commonly occurring ways for the virus to spread may include sharing personal care items that have met with an infected person's blood, such as a razor or toothbrush, or through engaging in sex with someone who has Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is not spread through breastfeeding, sharing forks or spoons, hugging, kissing, coughing, or sneezing.