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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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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


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Can you get hep c by scratching infected person?

Can you get hep c by scratching infected person?

No.: You get it when yourself being infected through (your own) open wound or injection.
Hep-c virus would not show up on skin, in theory. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get Hep C from Kissing and infected Person?

Is it possible to get Hep C from Kissing and infected Person?

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

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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

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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?

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

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Can hep c be transmitted through inhaling an infected person's sneeze?

Can hep c be transmitted through inhaling an infected person's sneeze?

No: Hep c is not very virulent, which means it's hard to transmit. Blood transfusion, unprotected sex with an infected person, IV drug use, dialysis, and mother-to-fetus are the only known ways to get it. You can kiss an infected person with no risk whatsoever. ...Read more

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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 don't agre

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 don't agre

YES: There is no known immunity for Hepatitis C; however depending on Genotype and RNA PCR viral load can be treated and controlled with antiviral medication. ...Read more

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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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Could someone get hep c by scratching a scab after handling money?

Could someone get hep c by scratching a scab after handling money?

Not likely: Transmission occurs 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). Also sharing razors, being incarcerated. See a liver doc for treatment as the cure rate is > 95% ...Read more

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Can u get hep c in a non bleeding cut/scratch?

Can u get hep c in a non bleeding cut/scratch?

Depends: If it is anywhere but the genitalia, then it is highly unlikely if there's no blood. But if there is semen or vaginal fluid, then the risk increases significantly. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis C from a scratch on a metal surface someone else with hep c was scratched by?

No risk: It takes more intense blood exposure than this to transmit the hepatitis C virus. You are at little or no risk if you do not share drug injection equipment with others, or other intensive blood exposure. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can I get hep c from being scratched by someone that may have had dried blood under her nails?

Can I get hep c from being scratched by someone that may have had dried blood under her nails?

Yes, if other has it: Any exchange of blood products between a hep c person and a non hep c one can lead to transmission of the virus and therefore, yes you could get it. ...Read more

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Can I get hep c or HIV from touching urine bottle don't know if any urine on it with scratches and dermatitis as glove broke?

Hepatitis C in urine: While hepatitis c can be found in urine specimens, transmission by this route hasn't been reported. Most occurred via blood (before testing available) sharing needles, needle sticks & rarely via sex. Hcv is less transmissible than hepatitis b but more-so than hiv. That is not to say that hcv can't be transmitted via urine or saliva & that care should be used when dealing with all body fluids. ...Read more

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I said earlier I got feaces and urine on arm there isa cut on arm that hasn't bled at all webster pack scratched me can hep c get through that?

Hepatitis C Risks: Nope. Not at all. Urine is sterile. It does not contain infection for any infectious disease. You do not have a direct blood to blood scenario and stool is not blood. You cannot get hepatitis c this way. Please read science and not myths about this significant infectious disease. The facts are unchanged and are well known. ...Read more

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Can a person get hep c by using the same needle twice? Really no more details.

While: While blood born diseases such as hepatitis c can be contracted by using needles, these diseases can only be contracted by sharing needles with an infected person. If an uninfected person uses a needle repeatedly, but does not share it, they cannot contract diseases such as hepatitis c. Using the same needle repeatedly, though, can cause other problems such as infections from common skin bacteria due to the reused needle no longer being sterile.. ...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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Does hep c be transmitted through scratches?

Does hep c be transmitted through scratches?

Potentially: Since hepatitis c is a blood-borne disease, it can get into your body via scratches so be careful. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c from sex?

Can you get hep c from sex?

Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with other men are at higher risk. People who are young, have multiple partners, or have sores like herpes or syphilis are also at risk. Heterosexual couples who have been together a while are at low risk. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c through unprotected sex?

Can you get hep c through unprotected sex?

Very unlikely: Hepatits C has been oversold as an STD. In fact, the only proved sexual transmission is between gay men with potentially traumatic anal sex practices. The frequency of hep C in the heterosexual partners of infected persons is exactly the same as in anyone else. To be maximally safe, use condoms if you have sex with a partner known to have hep C. Otherwise no worries about sexual transmission. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...Read more


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Scratching = rubbing ...Read more