Contracting the Hepatitis C Virus

Hepatitis C Virus pic

Hepatitis C Virus
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Robert Hindes, MD, started his career as an infectious diseases consultant at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital in Connecticut. A co-founder of Trek Therapeutics, Robert Hindes, MD, now oversees the development of medicines to treat several acute and chronic viral infections.

Trek Therapeutics primary current focus is on treatments for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The risk of contracting HCV can be reduced with common sense preventative measures:

1. Avoid exposure to blood. HCV usually spreads when the blood of an infected person enters the bloodstream of an uninfected individual. Individuals who work in the medical profession should wear protective clothing and gear that minimize the chance of direct contact with blood or body fluids.

2. Refrain from sharing personal care products. Razors and toothbrushes may spread the infection through razor cuts or bleeding gums. Even a small amount of blood can infect another person, so individuals should use their own personal care products.

3. Practice safe sex. 

4. Make sure that tattoos and piercings are administered by experienced practitioners using sterilized instruments. Tattoo and piercing parlors that fail to follow appropriate sanitary procedures can spread HCV through the use of contaminated needles. Conduct thorough research on parlors before you get a tattoo or piercing, and make sure the artist you choose can produce his or her license.

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