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Can I Get Hepatitis C By Sharing A Toothbrush With An Infected Individual
Yes: If they have bleeding gums and you have bleeding gums, and brush soon after them, its possible. ...Read more
Can you tell me if my toothbrush touched the toothbrush of someone with hepatitis C am I infected?
My daughter was chewing my moms toothbrush. I don't think my mom has anything, but can she get hiv, hepatitis c, or STDs from chewing on it? I'm worry
Should be OK: Theoretically yes, but I have not read any research or case histories of it happening. I recommend a poliite conversation with your mother about her health to ease your mind. ...Read more
Not likely: It can possibly happen if the person has a high viral load in the blood and have gums bleed all over the tooth brush and you use it immediately after they do. If you think that you may have been exposed then get tested. ...Read more
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
Blood on it?: Hiv & hepatitis c are transmitted by contact with an infected persons blood. No blood = no transmission. However think of all those virus and bacteria that can be passed on shared toothbrushes & other personal care items. I certainly can't imagine sticking a toothbrush in my mouth that has someone's morning crud all over it. ...Read more
Can you get hepatitis c/hiv from sharing mascara? Opened a box of mascara from store that may have been opened and used previously, but brought back.
Not likely: These are transmitted through intimate contact, shared needles, exposure to blood. ...Read more
Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?
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. ...Read more
Matter of chance: Vertical transmission of hepatitis c (mother to her newborn) is relatively low. It is current practice that infants born to hepatitis c positive mothers are screened at 12 month of age whether or not their liver enzyme has been elevated, usual indication of vertical transmission. ...Read more
Can micro HCV particles infect me through sharing a clipboard/pen if they get onto my hands and then get into an open, bleeding cut 1-2 hrs later?
Very unlikely: Fortunately, the viability of HIV is very short lived outside of the body and is not contagious once exposed to air and surfaces that dry. There would be some minimal risk if the brush was used immediately after an infected person brushed with it by another. Virtually little to no risk if there was some significant time. ...Read more
Hepatitis B and C: These viruses are spread by intimate contact-- sharing cups or combs will not transmit disease. These infections are acquired from contact with blood or genital tract fluids. So don't worry about that. It is good to support family or friends who may have these diseases- so education about this is important. There are treatments that can help too- so hope u can get an MD to assist. ...Read more
Let me help you:
Hepatitis c is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis c virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.
Wash it off with soap and hot water, then you can use alcohol or a 10 to 1 water to bleach solution on the areas where the blood was. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My girlfriend is so hot and fine that I wanna kiss her, but she has hepatitis c. Can I be infected?
After the kiss?: It is not a good idea to have an exchange of body fluids. A simple kiss may or may not be harmful, but are you sure you can stop at a simple kiss? ...Read more
If contaminated: Hep c is spread by blood contamination, mostly through IV drug use, nasal drug use (shared "coke spoons"), tattoos that don't use sterile needles and sterile ink for each customer. Less commonly sexually transmitted. Potential risk for shared implements including razor blades, barber razors, manicure sets, and sex toys too (depending on where they went, who shared them, bleeding, etc). ...Read more
Likely not soon: Although hepatitis c can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer, the process takes a number of decades from initial infection if it does at all. Therapy is available as well to prevent this. Despite some gloom, most people who have the virus, when they die, they die with it, not of it. ...Read more
No: The hcv antibody indicates exposure to hcv at some point (which may have been 30 or more years ago). About 25% of these people will spontaneously clear the hcv through their own immune system. Their hcv RNA (viral load) will be negative (i usually repeat once to confirm). They do not have active infection and cannot transmit hcv to anyone else. ...Read more
What to do if I might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?
Now: You should get a blood test now, but then repeat it in 3 to 6 months, to make sure (sometimes the blood test takes up to 6 months to become positive). ...Read more
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!
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
I've eaten food from an STD or Hepatitis C Infected person, am I at any risk? The food has been cooked, putted in a freezer and reheated.
It depends: Depends on what you are doing with this family member. Sharing needles (drugs, injected vitamins or other home remedies) is high risk. Kissing, hugging, sharing dishes is no risk. Sharing personal items that may contain small amounts of blood like toothbrushes, razors, or nail clippers does have risk. ...Read more
I work as a Massage Therapist and I was wondering if its possible to contract HIV or Hepatitis C from giving an infected person a massage?
My daughter was chewing on my mothers toothbrush. I don't think my mother does, but can my daughter get HIV or hep c that way?
My nephew has a inconclusive hep c and, my son got a hold of his toothbrush do I have anything to worry about?
Probably not: Inconclusive hep C means the test is not surely positive which suggests that the viral load, if any, is low. This makes transmission risk low. Also, the transmission risk via tooth brush is low. Therefore, the risk overall seems to be very low. If there is blood on the brush or if the son used it vigorously brushing, the risk may be higher. Best is to follow on the nephew status, but risk is low! ...Read more
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