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Dr. Jay Park
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Can you catch hepatitis c from a toilet seat?

Can you catch hepatitis c from a toilet seat?

No: People do not catch hepatitis C from a toilet seat or any other part of a toilet. Many times, people who have hepatitis C don't know where they caught it from. The types of hepatitis that one can catch from a toilet seat are A & E. That is because types A & E viruses are in the poop, poop splashes onto toilet seats, people touch toilet seats with their fingers, and fingers touch mouths. ...Read more

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I moved into a new apartment and cleaned the toilet with gloves that I later saw were ripped. Can I catch any form of hepatitis from this?

I moved into a new apartment and cleaned the toilet with gloves that I later saw were ripped. Can I catch any form of hepatitis from this?

Washed hands?: If you washed your hands thoroughly with soap and water (and did not have any gaping wounds on your hands), then it is vanishingly unlikely--would even say "no.". ...Read more

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Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Sitting: I have asked this question to myself many times, in my younger days.
so I started asking my med school friends. We all deliberated and The answer is NO.
Within 10 seconds or so, Nature takes care of the bug. Such bugs don't survive for more than few seconds or many more of us will be sick. From common cold on words. Opening
doors, left behind by a person with Flu.
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Could somebody be infected by hepatitis b when cleaning a public toilet?

Could somebody be infected by hepatitis b when cleaning a public toilet?

No: Only if you were exposed to contaminated blood (and it entered your blood stream. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis B and C survive in toilet water if prior user had germ and bleed during movement?

Can hepatitis B and C survive in toilet water if prior user had germ and bleed during movement?

Highly unlikely: Although Hepatitis B and C are contagious, it must be transmitted by blood or other bodily fluids (not urine). In addition, the susceptible person must also have an opening in the skin, that allows the virus to enter that person's blood. So it would be very unlikely in the scenario you describe to become infected in that manner. ...Read more

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Niece went to toilet and didn't wash hands can this cause HIV or hepatitis and if she has either could she transmit it by touching someone's cuts?

Niece went to toilet and didn't wash hands can this cause HIV or hepatitis and if she has either could she transmit it by touching someone's cuts?

No: You've asked two questions in a row about improbable ways to get HIV and hepatitis. You can't get HIV in these ways. Hepatitis a could be transmitted from one person to another by not washing hands after using the bathroom, but that's only an issue if your niece has acute hepatitis a. ...Read more

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% of getting hiv/hepatitis-B/C by toilet water splashing back at your hemmorhoid/anal fischure if last person was infected & didn't flush completely?

% of getting hiv/hepatitis-B/C by toilet water splashing back at your hemmorhoid/anal fischure if last person was infected & didn't flush completely?

Forget it: That's not a realistic concern. During the old days, family members of patients simply did not get infected with these except be practices recognized as risky. If you find yourself thinking obsessively about this stuff, a short course of cognitive behavioral therapy may be a huge help. Life is hard enough without such fears. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was handed key chain someone going toilet then put bandaid on my bleeding finger and touched inside of bandaid after touching keys HIV or hepatitis?

I was handed key chain someone going toilet then put bandaid on my bleeding finger and touched inside of bandaid after touching keys HIV or hepatitis?

Forgive my frankness: These are unrealistic fears, and in fact the scenario leaves me wondering. If you are obsessed with the idea that you are going to contract HIV / hepatitis (aren't you immunized against hepatitis B?) in a fantasy scenario like this one, you owe it to yourself and those who love you to get help from a psychiatrist or other competent mental health specialist. Please stop doing this to yourself & us. ...Read more

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Touched used toilet paper don't know if I had gloves on or washed hands afterwards hepatitis or HIV risk touched and slept in bed since have open cuts

Hiv and hepatitis: The risk of acquiring hepatitis or HIV by touching toilet paper is 0. Those viruses are unstable in the environment and are not transmitted this way. ...Read more

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Niece got water on bag after using public toilet don't know if it is water or urine it touched open wounds on my hands can I get HIV or hepatitis?

Niece got water on bag after using public toilet don't know if it is water or urine it touched open wounds on my hands can I get HIV or hepatitis?

No: This is perhaps the 20th bizarre scenario asking about HIV / hepatitis c transmission, and perhaps the tenth in which the asker has open wounds on the hands. It's my fervent hope that the individual (i believe only one) who is sending these will find peace and assurance by whatever means, and a realistic way of overcoming what must be a crippling fear of these infections. ...Read more

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Dropped phone in public toilet, reached in grabbed it. Had open cuts on thumb, washed hands immediately. Will I get hepatitis, mrsa, hiv, disease now?

Dropped phone in public toilet, reached in grabbed it. Had open cuts on thumb, washed hands immediately. Will I get hepatitis, mrsa, hiv, disease now?

Highly unlikely: Don't worry! The best thing you did was aggressive hand washing. HIV, Hepatitis are primarily blood born and spread through needles and infected blood products. MRSA is also unlikely in this exposure. Don't fret, my friend! ...Read more

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Took work clothes off I don't know if there was any hepatitis or HIV body fluids on them went straight to toilet am I at risk cut hands wiped self?

Took work clothes off I don't know if there was any hepatitis or HIV body fluids on them went straight to toilet am I at risk cut hands wiped self?

Unlikely: While hepatitis b is very easily transmitted, HIV is not and would be very unlikely to be infectious in this scenario. If you are concerned you should be tested for both. And I would strongly urge you to have Hepatitis B Vaccine asap if constantly exposed to body fluids... ...Read more

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My daughter was playing with our toilet people lived here before us and she put toilet water in her mouth. Can she get HIV or hepatitis or anything?

My daughter was playing with our toilet people lived here before us and she put toilet water in her mouth. Can she get HIV or hepatitis or anything?

Disease fears. ..: Nope. Please calm yourself. There is absolutely no way these diseases live outside of the body in any setting. I would be more worried about common bacteria that she can get from an unclean toilet from the days use. These would cause diarrhea. No std that you worry about can possibly be a risk for your daughter. ...Read more

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Can toilet water transfer hiv, hepatitis c, or any other stds?

Can toilet water transfer hiv, hepatitis c, or any other stds?

Toilet seats & water: Nope. There is absolutely no risk for the common stds and no risk for hep a, b, or c and hiv. All of these infections require a more significant exposure with living tissue, blood or semen... There are some variances on how contagious each of them are. You may do well to learn how many stds there are and how they can be prevented. ...Read more

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Risk of getting any of the hepatitis virus' via contact with toilet water on broken skin / scratch on hand. Do these virus survive in toilet water?

Risk of getting any of the hepatitis virus' via contact with toilet water on broken skin / scratch on hand. Do these virus survive in toilet water?

Unlikldy to get sick: Hepatitis A is mostly from oral intake of contaminated food/water. Hep B is usually by sex or sharing needles (IV)/while Hep C is primarily IV ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting hepatitis C/ HIV from a water splash in the eye from a washing basin in a public toilet? Many thanks

What are the chances of getting hepatitis C/ HIV from a water splash in the eye from a washing basin in a public toilet? Many thanks

Zero: I'm sorry you got splashed, but it won't make you sick with either illness. Please remember that most husbands with HIV and/or hepatitis C do not infect their wives even after years of unprotected intercourse. Truth be told, Bonnie, I'm glad you're health-conscious, but life's hard enough without fretting over minimal risks. We all must embrace life and simply life with its unavoidable hazards. ...Read more

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Whar is hepatitis?

Inflamation of liver: Hepatitis or liver inflamation has many causes. The most common are alcoholic hepatitis, viral hepatitis caused by hepatitis a, b, or c virus and drug induced hepatitis. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis?

What is hepatitis?

Liver inflammation: Usually when people talk about hepatitis, they mean one of the infections in the liver, but it can mean inflammation from other causes as well (e.g.Alcohol). Hepatitis a is the kind you get from contaminated food. It causes an acute illness that can last weeks. Hepatitis b and c are from contaminated blood (in the same way as hiv/aids). Both, but especially c can cause chronic liver problems. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis?

Liver inflammation..: It is a liver inflammation which could be caused by various reasons. Viral hepatitis could be caused by types A, B, C, D, E, the most common are the first three. Also frequent alcohol intake, medications, autoimmune, among others. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis?

Liver inflammation: Which can be related to one of the several hepatitis viruses such as a, b, c or e, or can be due to a toxic such as alcohol or as a reaction to a medication. ...Read more

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How to cure hepatitis?

Hepatitis: It depends on what type of hepatitis you have (b or c), genotype, previous trials, your health status and many other determinants. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis be cured?

Yes...: There are many causes of hepatitis some of which can be cured with antiviral medications (e.g. Hepatitis c) and others (e.g. Hepatitis a) that remit spontaneously without any treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is hepatitis from?

What is hepatitis from?

Variety of reasons: Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver and is reflected by elevated liver function tests (ast and alt) - it can be the result of many things - the most common are: alcohol, fatty liver, viral hepatitis (hepatitis b and hepatitis c), autoimmune hepatitis, and drug induced hepatitis. Treatment varies by etiology, so it is critical to determine the cause - see you physician to have tests. ...Read more