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Can I still hug and kiss my family members if I have hepatitis c?

Can I still hug and kiss my family members if I have hepatitis c?

Absolutely: Casual contact like hugging, kissing, and sharing dishes will not transmit hepatitis c. Nursing a baby won't. Heterosexual sex with a monogamous long term partner is very unlikely to transmit hepatitis c. However, do not share anything that might have even tiny amounts of blood on it like toothbrushes, razors, nail or hair clippers. ...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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What is the likelihood of contracting hepatitis C from a kiss?

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What is the likelihood of contracting hepatitis C from a kiss?

Very unlikely: The most common risk factors for acquiring hepatitis c infection are injection drug use and having multiple sexual partners. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis C from French kissing?

Can you get hepatitis C from French kissing?

Nope: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is only known to be transmitted by direct blood contact. Even intercourse doesn't do it, even though hep C is often mischaracterized as an STD. (The frequency of HCV is no higher in the sex partners of infected people, if they don't also share drug injection equipment or otherwise have blood exposure.) There is no known risk via saliva or kissing. ...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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Does hepatitis C get transferred to another person by kissing on the mouth?

Does hepatitis C get transferred to another person by kissing on the mouth?

Herpes can be: Herpes is highly transmissible. If someone has a cold sore (herpes simplex type 1 usually) and they kiss someone, this infection can be transmitted. Hepatitis c virus cannot be transmitted by kissing. It is not even transmitted via heterosexual intercourse in most circumstances. Small amounts of blood transmit hcv. ...Read more

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

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 just found out a close family member has hepatitis c. I know very little about it, will he die from it?

I just found out a close family member has hepatitis c. I know very little about it, will he die from it?

Not necessarily: Many patients with untreated hepatitis c may not progress to liver failure if they do not already have cirrhosis and do not drink alcohol. New treatments are available that increase the cure rate for hepatitis c; your relative should definately find out if he or she is a candidate for this treatment. The minimum treatment to prevent progression to liver failure is complete abstention from alcohol. ...Read more

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How can I avoid spreading hepatitis C to my family?

How can I avoid spreading hepatitis C to my family?

Blood borne: Hepatitis can only be spread by direct blood to blood or in some circumstances sexually. You should have no worry with children and second degree relatives then. For your spouse/partner...Condoms are the best way to ensure the virus isn't spread. ...Read more

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Can u get hep c from someone hugging you or kissing you on the cheek,just found out from of family has it n worried bad ?

Can u get hep c from someone hugging you or kissing you on the cheek,just found out from of family has it n worried bad ?

No risk, no worries: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is only transmitted by blood contact. Without blood exposure, household members of persons with HCV are not at risk. Even sex, although often said to be risky, almost never transmits the virus except with traumatic anal sex. Kissing, hugging, and sharing bathrooms, kitchens, or eating utensils are entirely free of risk. So no worries! Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if a nurse comes down with hepatitis c.. can she still work with patients?

What happens if a nurse comes down with hepatitis c.. can she still work with patients?

Yes She Can: Yes she can.Hepatitis C is caused by Hepatitis C virus by sharing contaminated needles,by getting contaminated Blood Transfusion,or by getting shot with a contaminated needle that has infected blood on it or getting a tattoo or piercing with contaminated with a needle that has infected blood on it So a nurse who is positive with HepC can not infect patients ...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 hepatitis C can you still have children in the future?

If you have hepatitis C can you still have children in the future?

Hepatitis C: Yes. Hepatitis c should not affect your fertility. In fact with newer treatment options, you should be able to get treated and cure hepatitis c. You may have to use contraception during treatment and if you are untreated as hepatitis c has a small chance of being transmitted sexually as well. ...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?

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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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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Am I still at risk of becoming hiv positive. My fiance was hiv and Hepatitis c positive sadly he has been passed away 2 and a half years now. ?

Am I still at risk of becoming hiv positive. My fiance was hiv and Hepatitis c positive sadly he has been passed away 2 and a half years now. ?

Sorry for your loss: If you are HIV negative by any current test today, you will not turn positive as a result of your past relationship with him. I am sorry that he's gone, and I hope you will cherish the memory of the time and love you had together. Perhaps there will be someone else. Whatever comes, please love safely and wisely. ...Read more

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