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Can I get hepatitis C by sharing a toothbrush with an infected individual?

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

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Can you tell me if my toothbrush touched the toothbrush of someone with hepatitis C am I infected?

Can you tell me if my toothbrush touched the toothbrush of someone with hepatitis C am I infected?

Unlikely: Unless there was blood in the toothbrush of somebody with hepatitis c, and it touched your toothbrush, and then you bleed. Otherwise it is extremely unlikely. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can you get HIV or hep c from sharing a toothbrush?

Can you get HIV or hep c from sharing a toothbrush?

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

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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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Are there many cases of HIV or hepatitis C being transferred by a toothbrush? Is there any cases?

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

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Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?

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

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Is it safe to have a baby if you have hepatitis c, or will your baby almost surely get infected?

Is it safe to have a baby if you have hepatitis c, or will your baby almost surely get infected?

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

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Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

Yes but Hep C low: Hepatitis c can be transmitted through sexual contact. However, if you are in a monogamous relationship, hepatitis c is transmitted. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Hcv transmission: Only blood exposure from hcv infected individual into open would could potentially transfer.
30% of individual with hcv don't know mode of transmission. ...Read more

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Can you contract HIV virus by sharing thesame toothbrush with an infected person?

Can you contract HIV virus by sharing thesame toothbrush with an infected person?

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

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Does sharing a cup or comb spread hepatitis C or b?

Does sharing a cup or comb spread hepatitis C or b?

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

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What can you do to wash blood or body fluids off skin if the blood is infected with hepatitis c?

What can you do to wash blood or body fluids off skin if the blood is infected with hepatitis c?

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

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How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

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

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My girlfriend is so hot and fine that I wanna kiss her, but she has hepatitis c. Can I be infected?

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

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Is hepatitis C a risk factor with sharing sex toys?

Is hepatitis C a risk factor with sharing sex toys?

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

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Best friend is infected with viral hepatitis C will she die soon?

Best friend is infected with viral hepatitis C will she die soon?

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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Can someone previously infected, but now cleared, of acute hepatitis C still infect others?

Can someone previously infected, but now cleared, of acute hepatitis C still infect others?

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

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What to do if I might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?

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

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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!

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 sharing hair comb/brush spread hepatitis c?

Can sharing hair comb/brush spread hepatitis c?

No: These personal items should not have small amounts of blood on them. Razors, tooth brushes, and nail clippers could and should not be shared. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Unlikely: STD diseases are either blood borne or on genitalia, Well cooked food is not carrying any infection as all bacteria, virus and parasites get killed during cooking at high temperature. If still worried get checked up by your doctor. ...Read more

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How likely am I to become infected with hepatitis C from a family member?

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

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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?

No: The risk is too low to measure. In the old days, HIV simply wasn't passed within families from cuddling, bathing, etc., etc., etc. Hepatitis C discordant couples usually do not transmit the infection even after decades of unprotected sex. Hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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 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?

Very unlikely: Even if her grandmother has HIV or hepatitis c, it is very unlikely to get such infections simply by chewing the toothbrush used by her. ...Read more

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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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