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Can You Get Hep C By Scratching Infected Person
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
Officially no: Many things are "possible" in life. So, the real question is, "How likely is it to happen?" The chances of catching HepC by kissing is perhaps 0%, mathematically rounded off. HepC virus is in the blood. If a HepC person has some cracks or scrapes on the lips or inside the mouth, any canker sores, or any bleeding gums, then HepC can be in the mouth... probably more so if kissing is very vigorous. ...Read more
Can hep c live outside of blood? If an infected person bleeds can hep c latch onto objects? Or if i wash up the blood can hep c still be present? You get my rift
My sister is hep c postive genotype 1 can you get two strands of hep c? After she was infected, she shared needles with someone who also has hep c.
Yes: People can get multiple strains of hepatitis c, although usually we only detect one to two different genotypes at a time. It is unclear whether multiple strains have any impact on liver disease, but treatment is driven by the hardest to treat genotype in the mix. So if someone had a mix of genotypes 1 and 2 they would be treated as a 1. Lots of other reasons not to share needles like hiv. ...Read more
Is it possible to get hep C or HIV if you have cracked/chapped skin which gets exposed to someone's saliva who may be infected with these viruses?
Yes: your skin is an incredible "force field" to the environment. Unfortunately, any break or crack in the skin may be a possible route of infection. This is why it is very important to treat dry, cracked skin. ...Read more
A)Can I get Hep C if I sat on a toilet used by someone infected. (I'm female)
B)If I drank from a pre-washed glass at her house but I had a cold sore.
Is it possible to become infected from working drawing blood i mean i only see like 15 patients a day and population of hep c in the usa is 1.8%?
Of course it is, if.: You get stuck with a contaminated needle. ...Read more
My friend was infected with hep c by his wife, he took meds now cured, can his wife reinfect him with the same hep c? his doctor said no, i dont agre
Yes: Recent studies show that reinfection after spontaneous clearance or treatment is possible. Studies in chimps showed resistance to reinfection but HCV is a human disease. What about the wife being treated and cured?http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3310282/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scratching is a symptom in which a person runs his fingernails or some other firm object over an itchy part of his skin, while trying to relieve his itching. Scratching an area too much can lead to a skin rash which itches even more. Scratching to the point of breaking the skin can lead to ...Read more
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