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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is the likelihood of contracting hepatitis C from a kiss?

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What is the likelihood of contracting hepatitis C from a kiss?

Very unlikely: The most common risk factors for acquiring hepatitis c infection are injection drug use and having multiple sexual partners.

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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.

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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?

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Can you get hepatitis C from your own blood?

Can you get hepatitis C from your own blood?

Back to school: If your blood gas hepatitis c in it then you gave been infected with hepatitis c and "have it"! if you do not have a hepatitis c it is not in your blood!

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Can you get hepatitis C by biting someone who has it?

Highly unlikely: Theoretically if you draw blood, you could. But this is very unlikely.

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

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.

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Can you get hepatitis C from snorting drugs?

Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies.

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How can you get hepatitis c? How is the disease transmitted?

How can you get hepatitis c? How is the disease transmitted?

Blood borne disease: Transmitted 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). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c

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Can you get hepatitis C if you bite someone with hepatitis c?

Can you get hepatitis C if you bite someone with hepatitis c?

Unlikely: For transmission from one person to another you have to have exposure to the virus for that to happen #1 during the biting you would have to cause bleeding #2 blood would have to make contact with you #3 that blood would have to have virus would want to know more specifics about the bite and exposure.

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What to do about hepatitis C question!! can you get hepatitis C from someone who just found out they got it?

Yes you can: If they just found out, it doesn't mean they just got it. What to do? Treat it! Talk to your doctor

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Can you get hepatitis C from tattooing?

Can you get hepatitis C from tattooing?

Hepatitis & tattoos: If the needle and the ink are contaminated with blood from someone with hepatitis c, the answer is yes.

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Can you get hepatitis c from threading if you bled after removing hair from your eyebrows?

Unlikely from that: It's not likely that plucking eyebrows is the cause if you have it. 1st be tested. If you have it, be treated if you can. Unprotected sex is a greater risk for many diseases. Be careful - get good info and treatment as needed!

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Can you get cancer from tattoo? & aside from that, what makes you get hepatitis C from tattooing?

Can you get cancer from tattoo? & aside from that, what makes you get hepatitis C from tattooing?

No cancer, hepC--yes: There has never been a report showing tattooing causes cancer, but definitely hepc--yes. Hepc is transmitted because of dirty-needles; the artist may use the same needle used on a hepc positive person, thus can transmit the hepc to you. So, if the needle is sanitized or using a clean/new needle, you won't get hepc from tattooing. So, get tattoo at a clean place! Good luck.

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Can you get hepatitis C from your mother? Even if you had all the vacs for it? Could it cause inflamation of the CNS or peripherl neuropathy?

Can you get hepatitis C from your mother? Even if you had all the vacs for it? Could it cause inflamation of the CNS or peripherl neuropathy?

No vaccines for HepC: There are no vaccines available to prevent hepatitis c. There are vaccines to prevent hepa and hepb, so one should get those vaccines from her doctor. One can catch hepc through contact with the blood of another person who just developed hepc or is a carrier of hepc, even if that hepc-infected person happen's to be one's mother.

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