Can I Spread Hepatitis C in Public, Like at a Restroom or by Getting a Tattoo?
Repeat after us: Hep C is transmitted through blood.
Restrooms are safe but tattoo shops should give you pause, says Lanla Conteh, M.D., clinical associate professor of hepatology and gastroenterology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus, OH.
Hepatitis C cannot not be spread in public. Yes, it is a virus, but it's not a cold, and it certainly is not coronavirus. The most common way that you can transmit and spread hepatitis C, is through blood. So share the same bathroom as other people. That is completely fine.
Now be mindful of getting tattoos, because when you get a tattoo, there is a needle involved and there is blood exposure that can come into play. Because of that blood exposure, make sure that you're getting your tattoo at a reputable place, that you have done appropriate research to make sure that clean needles and appropriate sanitization is being utilized.