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A 22-year-old female asked:

Small cuts on hands and knuckles not currently bleeding working with someone with hep c am i at risk of catching it if her blood touches me?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Potentially yes: But this is theoretical. Hep c is only transmitted by some form of intimate contact. Your intact skin is a barrier to entry of this virus, and it is possible that if the virus contacts an area of skin with microscopic breaks that it could enter you and produce infection. The usual route is by needle sharing, blood or organ transfer, etc.

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Last updated Feb 20, 2016

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