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Can I Get Hepatitis C By Sharing A Toothbrush With An Infected Individual
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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