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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Hep C From Saliva

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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 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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Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast," as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more

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Aside from blood, can hep c be transmitted through saliva and other body fluids?

Aside from blood, can hep c be transmitted through saliva and other body fluids?

Yes: Hep c is a readily transmitted disease. It can even be transmitted from contaminated objects. ...Read more

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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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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

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...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