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Can Hepatitis C Be Transmitted 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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