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Can I get hepatitis C from air gun vaccinations?

Can I get hepatitis C from air gun vaccinations?

Depends on device: Past jet injectors or air gun injectors used in vaccinations were able to transmit very tiny amounts of material (such as blood) from one person to another, and so were able to transmit hepatitis viruses. Current jet injection devices, if approved by the fda, are supposed to prevent cross-contamination among patients (most likely by using disposable single-dose vaccines). ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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


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What are the chances of getting hepatitis C from a cut while getting a pedicure. I'm vaccinated against a and b. Anything I should do? Thank you.

What are the chances of getting hepatitis C from a cut while getting a pedicure. I'm vaccinated against a and b. Anything I should do? Thank you.

Low but possible: You need to have been cut by a tool contaminated with hepatitis c. This is unlikely if the nail salon appropriately cleans and steralizes their tools. To be sure contact your pcp and inform them of your concern and they can order a blood test ...Read more

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Should a person with chronic hepatitis C be vaccinated against hepatitis b?

Yes: People with liver disease should be vaccinated against hepa and hepb (unless they already have hepa or hepb antibodies), to help prevent them from getting another liver disease. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get hepatitis C from a tattoo gun?

Is it unusual to get hepatitis C from a tattoo gun?

Uncommon: Businesses that offer tattoos know they need to adhere to strict infection control procedures. You should see that they are using fresh, unopened supplies. What we really worry about are home-made tattoos, especially done in groups, or in jails/prisons. Here, even small amounts of blood from one person could be transmitted (along with hepatitis c or b for that matter) to someone else. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis c from a small cut During pedicure ?i don't know how well they wash their instruments, thank you

Can I get hepatitis c from a small cut During pedicure ?i don't know how well they wash their instruments, thank you

Probably low: While hepatitis C can be highly infectious, unless there is visible blood on the instrument, the risk of infection is probably very low but can not be sure it's nonexistent. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis C via sperm?

Can I get hepatitis C via sperm?

Yes: Hepatitis c is a virus and can be transmitted via body fluids such as blood, sperm, and possibly through saliva. ...Read more

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How could I get hepatitis C geno type 1a was because of my blood transfussion in 2000.?

How could I get hepatitis C geno type 1a was because of my blood transfussion in 2000.?

Probably not: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. After 1992, blood is screened for hep C. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more