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Is hepatitis C a risk factor with sharing sex toys?

Is hepatitis C a risk factor with sharing sex toys?

If contaminated: Hep c is spread by blood contamination, mostly through IV drug use, nasal drug use (shared "coke spoons"), tattoos that don't use sterile needles and sterile ink for each customer. Less commonly sexually transmitted. Potential risk for shared implements including razor blades, barber razors, manicure sets, and sex toys too (depending on where they went, who shared them, bleeding, etc). ...Read more

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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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Does sharing a cup or comb spread hepatitis C or b ?

Does sharing a cup or comb spread hepatitis C or b ?

Hepatitis B and C: These viruses are spread by intimate contact-- sharing cups or combs will not transmit disease. These infections are acquired from contact with blood or genital tract fluids. So don't worry about that. It is good to support family or friends who may have these diseases- so education about this is important. There are treatments that can help too- so hope u can get an MD to assist. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis c be transmitted by sharing tweezers e.g at a beauty salon? I dont recall if the lady sanitized tweezers and I bled. Anxious plz help!

Can hepatitis c be transmitted by sharing tweezers e.g at a beauty salon? I dont recall if the lady sanitized tweezers and I bled. Anxious plz help!

Unlikely: From what you described the risk of Hep C is remote. To be sure you may get a Hep C nucleic acid test about 6 months after the incident. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can sharing hair comb/brush spread hepatitis c?

Can sharing hair comb/brush  spread hepatitis c?

No: These personal items should not have small amounts of blood on them. Razors, tooth brushes, and nail clippers could and should not be shared. ...Read more

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Can I get hepatitis C by sharing a toothbrush with an infected individual?

Can I get hepatitis C by sharing a toothbrush with an infected individual?

Yes: If they have bleeding gums and you have bleeding gums, and brush soon after them, its possible. ...Read more

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Is homosexuality a risk factor for hepatitis C infection?

Is homosexuality a risk factor for hepatitis C infection?

CDC Says:: "Today, most ppl become infected w Hepatitis C by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before widespread screening of the blood supply began in 1992, [it] was also commonly spread thru blood transfusions & organ transplants... Having a sexually transmitted disease or HIV, sex w multiple partners, or rough sex appears 2 increase a person’s risk for Hep C." Source: http://ow.ly/Guikj ...Read more

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Which factors that can cause a false positive hepatitis C test?

Which factors that can cause a false positive hepatitis C test?

Autoimmune: No test is perfect. Every test has a false positive and false negative rate. Any condition that leads to lots of antibody production, like autoimmune diseases, can lead to false positive tests. In hcv, antibody response is not as important as viral load since about 25% of people will be truly infected but clear it themselves. Everyone with hcv antibodies needs an hcv RNA test for active infection. ...Read more

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I am a male and wondering if I am allowed to have unprotected sex to have a child, if I have hepatitis c?

I am a male and wondering if I am allowed to have unprotected sex to have a child, if I have hepatitis c?

Risk lower than HIV: There is some question on the transmission of hcv in a serodiscordant couples - with little if any virus found in seminal fluid - however, if sexual practice incurs small tears in the skin, then blood exposure is possible. A study in 2003 (sex transm infect 2003;79:160–162) demonstrated no hcv transmission in serodiscordant couples. Based on current data , go ahead. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread only by having sex?

Is hepatitis C spread only by having sex?

Also by blood: Hepatitis c is spread through blood and sexual contact. The practice of sharing needles common to drug users is also a method of spreading hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Toys (Definition)

Toys is a topic that includes recommendations for choices of toys, and for avoiding choking or injuries when playing with toys. A toy is any object created for a person to play ...Read more