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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis c when a person scratches the infected persons?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Probably not: Hepatitis c is only transmitted when small amounts of blood from one person get inside someone else. Presumably, if you accidentally scratched someone, even if they bled, it would have only gotten on your skin and not inside. If someone with hcv has a sore that bleeds, they need to cover it and make sure they avoid contact with others.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Highly variable: Most people control their infection with hep c and never develop symptomatic disease. Others are effectively treated before there is major damage to the liver. Some may go on to develop cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and complications thereof. Some with cirrhosis have liver transplantation. Some have alcohol consumption worsen their condition. No way to predict outcomes.

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