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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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Dr. Jay Park
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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


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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more