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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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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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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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I just found out a guy i dated has hep c. Should i be tested? We kissed and did a little foreplay, but i didn't find out until after.

I just found out a guy i dated has hep c. Should i be tested? We kissed and did a little foreplay, but i didn't find out until after.

Hep C: To put your mind at ease... The risk of hep c transmission with no contact with the source persons blood is very low. Here is the latest cdc info http://www.Cdc.Gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.Htm. ...Read more

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HIV and HEP c transmission same time from one sloppy kiss?

HIV and HEP c transmission same time from one sloppy kiss?

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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Is neg hep c test accurate if sexual activity (kissing; hand job) in Oct and got tested end of dec./ January?

Is neg hep c test accurate if sexual activity (kissing; hand job) in Oct and got tested end of dec./ January?

Yes: The lab test is accurate no matter what kind of activities one participates in. It is uncertain how often or how easily "otherwise healthy" people actually catch Hepatitis C through sexual activities. The current opinion is that Hep C can be transmitted through sexual activities, but that transmission doesn't happen very often. A person should be safe and avoid blood contact and avoid other STD's. ...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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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

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