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Could hepatitis C virus be trasmitted through saliva?

Could hepatitis C virus be trasmitted through saliva?

Possible: With many cases of hepatitis c, the infected individuals cannot identify how they became infected. While most cases are believed to be due to risk factors involving contaminated blood, there are many unidentified modes of hepatitis c transmission. Salivary transmission is one potential explanation and it is very plausable as blood can easily be present in saliva. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can hepatitis C be transmitted by a carrier's saliva, or is it only transmitted by blood or sexual contact?

Can hepatitis C be transmitted by a carrier's saliva, or is it only transmitted by blood or sexual contact?

Only by blood: Hepatitis c is usually transmitted by blood, including using an infected person's toothbrush or razor, or getting a tatoo using non-sterile instruments. Trans-nasal trassmission is also possible. Sexual transmission is controversial; possibly limited to rape or violent sexual acts where bleeding is encountered. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis C get transferred to another person by kissing on the mouth?

Does hepatitis C get transferred to another person by kissing on the mouth?

Herpes can be: Herpes is highly transmissible. If someone has a cold sore (herpes simplex type 1 usually) and they kiss someone, this infection can be transmitted. Hepatitis c virus cannot be transmitted by kissing. It is not even transmitted via heterosexual intercourse in most circumstances. Small amounts of blood transmit hcv. ...Read more

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Is there anything in Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or anything about hepatitis C or liver damages that can cause false cocaine results in a mouth swab test?

Is there anything in Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or anything about hepatitis C or liver damages that can cause false cocaine results in a mouth swab test?

Not that I know of: Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is a combination of acetaminophen (which you should be very cautious with if you have hep C) and hydrocodone, and am unaware of any false positives with either drug, or with hep C. Any positive on either a urine or saliva test should be subjected to confirmation, which can tell a false positive from a true one. ...Read more

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Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

What is the question: I am not sure what the question is. Hepatitis c cannot be transmitted by stool, vomit, or urine. However, if someone had cuts on the skin and came in contact with bloody stool that could be a risk. If someone is having unprotected sex via anal intercourse, that activity is risky for hepatitis c transmission due to small tears in the anal mucosa (thin tissue in that area). ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be transmitted through casual touching or touching objects?

No: Unless the object (like a needle) breaks through the skin, casual contact (hugging, kissing, sharing dishes or utensils) will not transmit hcv. Avoid ever sharing personal items that may have small amounts o fblood like toothbrushes, razors or nail clippers. ...Read more

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Aside from blood, can hep c be transmitted through saliva and other body fluids?

Aside from blood, can hep c be transmitted through saliva and other body fluids?

Yes: Hep c is a readily transmitted disease. It can even be transmitted from contaminated objects. ...Read more

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Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast," as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe : Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be contacted through kissing?

Can hepatitis C be contacted through kissing?

No: Kissing does not transmit HIV or Hep c unless blood from the infected person enters a break in the skin or mucous membranes of the uninflected person. ...Read more

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What is the chance of acquiring hepatitis c through a cut or burn? Would prolonged contact increase the risk?,

What is the chance of acquiring hepatitis c through a cut or burn? Would prolonged contact increase the risk?,

Yes, Hepatitis C: is far more transmissible than most other blood borne viruses. Any source of blood or blood products seems to be capable of carrying the virus, even if the source is indirect - like a used razor. Tattoos, body piercing, and some acupuncture practices have contributed significantly to the spread of hepatitis C. Longer contact definitely increases the risk. ...Read more

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What amount chance is there of catching hepatitis C through sex?

What amount chance is there of catching hepatitis C through sex?

Small: Usually less than 1%. The chances of sexual transmission increase if there is any trauma that leads to bleeding of the vagina or penis. ...Read more

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My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.

My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.

If in doubt get test: Sexual transmission of Hep C can occur but low .Overall incidence of HepC transmission by sex is about 0.07 percent per year with monogamous and heterosexual couples . transmission could happen due to exposure to personal hygiene items as tooth brush, razor etc ....Other factors increased risks : multiple sex partners, history IV drug users, STD and not using condom. When in doubt get tested. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be spread from a woman to a man through sex? How effective is a condom in preventing it?

Can hepatitis C be spread from a woman to a man through sex? How effective is a condom in preventing it?

Yes: Hepatitis C can be spread from a women to a man through intercourse. Fortunately, the risk of transmission in this situation is low. It has been estimated that the risk of transmission is about 2.5% with a long-term partner over 20 years. Use of LATEX condoms (not other types of condoms) is an effective way to bring make this risk even lower. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sexual intercourse?

Is hepatitis C spread through sexual intercourse?

Not impossible, but: It is not likely. It is, however highly contagious by acts that expose a person to contact with contaminated blood. Here's a cdc link on this very important topic. Thank you for asking. Good luck. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more