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Nebo, NC
A 27-year-old female asked:

A homeless man touched my hand when i gave him money. his hands were very filthy. can i get hiv or hep c from him touching me?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No: You have to be in contact with blood or bodily fluids. Dirt has no relation to presence of these diseases. People with spotless hands can have either one. Supporting homeless shelters (reputable ones) ensures that money you give is not used for drugs or alcohol.
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