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Hepatitis From Toilet
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
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 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.
No: Only if you were exposed to contaminated blood (and it entered your blood stream. ...Read more
Niece used public toilet sores on bottom and slightly wet her pants can she get HIV or hepatitis in either case?
Would be: It would be very unusual for this to happen. ...Read more
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
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
% 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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
Can urine on public toilet seat transmit Hepatitis B when skin of penis (Shaft) came into contact with it? Or does urine not transmit/carry HBV?
Urine does not carry: HBV. Only blood. You are safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
Helped man to toilet cant remember if I used gloves or washed hands afterwards if there was urine or faeces is there a big hepatitis or HIV risk?
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?
Glove ripped whilst helping elderly man go to toilet can I get hepatitis or HIV with urine or faeces have cuts on hands?
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
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
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
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