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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Can I get hepatitis C through blood transfusions in the us?

Can I get hepatitis C through blood transfusions in the us?

Extremely unlikely: Our blood supply in the us has multiple mechanisms to reduce the risk of acquiring hepatitis c through transfusion to less than 1 in 1.6 million.
However, tens of thousands of people got hepatitis c through blood transfusions prior to 1992 and so anyone who had a transfusion before 1992 should be tested for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a woman who has hepatitis C to go through a pregnancy and have a baby?

Not for Mom: No evidence that pregnancy is especially dangerous for a woman with hcv. The transmission rate to the baby can be as high as 6%, however. ...Read more

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In 9months pregnant gone through hepatitis-c test = positive and doctor referred for anti-hcv test and anti-hcv = negative, is that no-hcv in me?

In 9months pregnant gone through hepatitis-c test = positive and doctor referred for anti-hcv test and anti-hcv = negative, is that no-hcv in me?

See below: Your question is a bit unclear. The anti-hcv antibody test can be a false positive, or can indicate that someone was previously exposed to hcv but spontaneously cleared it and is no longer infected. Everyone who has a positive hcv antibody test needs a hcv RNA (viral load) test to see if they actually have active infection. If the hcv RNA is undetectable, check again in 4 -6 months to make sure. ...Read more

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Hi. I shook hands with a boy who was removing earwax from his eyes with his hands. It is possibile to contract HIV or hepatitis C through the earwax?

Hi. I shook hands with a boy who was removing earwax from his eyes with his hands. It is possibile to contract HIV or hepatitis C through the earwax?

No: Everybody messes with their ears. If it were possible to catch HIV by shaking hands, we'd all be in terrible danger. A while back, healthtap was deluged with unrealistic scenarios involving HIV plus hepatitis c. My hope is that all people like this who are tormented with weird fears will not hesitate to get the good counsel that they need to live in the real world. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis c be transmitted by sharing tweezers e.g at a beauty salon? I don't recall if the lady sanitized tweezers and I bled. Anxious plz help!

Can hepatitis c be transmitted by sharing tweezers e.g at a beauty salon? I don't recall if the lady sanitized tweezers and I bled. Anxious plz help!

Unlikely: From what you described the risk of Hep C is remote. To be sure you may get a Hep C nucleic acid test about 6 months after the incident.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Not easily: Hiv would be very very unlikely. The virus dies quickly outside the body, elements in saliva provide protection from infection, you would have to have some sort of open wound, and there would have to be large # of viruses.
Same is almost true for hep c except it doesn't die quite as quickly and it takes fewer viruses to infect.
I do not know of any cases that have been transmitted by a toothbru. ...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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How its it possible for a hepatitis C to come back negitive and still be exposed how is that possible and doesn't that mean they have it?

Yes: Your doctor will check viral load to see if you still have hcv or had it and cleared the virus. Sometimes the test can be a false positive. ...Read more

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If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis c, is it possible to still have it after 22 years even thought symptoms aren't shown?

Yes: It's possible to have hepatitis c without any symptoms and the only way to know if you are still infected is to have a blood test to check for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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I am afraid I might have been given hepatitis C from an ex. Even more afraid to get tested and be t told there is nothing I can do about it. Whatdoido?

Hepatitis C: Scary?: I understand your fear. Hepatitis c is still quite a frightening problem to deal with. As someone who has been treating patients with hepatitis c for most of my career, I would advise you of the following.

The unknown is much more frightening than getting the information about any health concern.

It is very difficult to contract hepatitis c sexually.

But, knowledge is power. Get tested! ...Read more

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I have had hepatitis C for about fifteen years and I haven't had any bad symptoms. How will I know when it's really bad. And what are the treatments?

I have had hepatitis C for about fifteen years and I haven't had any bad symptoms. How will I know when it's really bad. And what are the treatments?

Lots of info: People with hepatitis c need to be followed by a specialist who can help determine if, when, and what treatment is needed. There are blood tests that help determine whether someone is likely to have scarring. Some people need liver biopsies. All treatment currently includes interferon and Ribavirin and genotype 1 also includes a protease inhibitor. In 2-4 years treatment will be only pills. ...Read more

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Diag. With autoimmune hepatitis type 2. Had hep. C for 15 yrs. What happened? What triggered this help me? Dr didn't even tell me found it on med. Rec

Don't know: Without having your medical records and the means by which diagnoses were established there is no way to comment on this. Suggest that you discuss this with the doctor seeing you and if still dissatisfied get a second opinion. Might help to have a hepatologist see you (liver specialist) since if you have not been treated, HepC can now be cured with newer drugs. ...Read more

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Who can be treated for hepatitis c?

Everybody: Everybody should be treated for hepatitis C. There are however certain exceptions in which patients may not be able to be treated due to interactions with other medications, or other unstable medical conditions which would preclude treatment ...Read more

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How does hepatitis C usually begin?

Asymptomatically: This is a viral infection which over time causes liver damage. It is typically transmitted from one person to another by sharing needles, Cocaine straws and by blood transfusions received before 1991. It can cause fatigue but most have no symptoms. ...Read more

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