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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. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...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 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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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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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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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe : Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...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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What amount chance is there of catching hepatitis C through sex?

What amount chance is there of catching hepatitis C through sex?

Small: Usually less than 1%. The chances of sexual transmission increase if there is any trauma that leads to bleeding of the vagina or penis. ...Read more

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My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.

My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.

If in doubt get test: Sexual transmission of Hep C can occur but low .Overall incidence of HepC transmission by sex is about 0.07 percent per year with monogamous and heterosexual couples . transmission could happen due to exposure to personal hygiene items as tooth brush, razor etc ....Other factors increased risks : multiple sex partners, history IV drug users, STD and not using condom. When in doubt get tested. ...Read more

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How can I make the test for hepatitis C -ve so that I can work in sex trade?

How can I make the test for hepatitis C -ve so that I can work in sex trade?

TREATMENT: See a hepatologist (liver specialists) who will perform a blood test to detect the genotype and viral load. Based on this it will be determined if you need a 6 or 12 month treatment that consists of oral and injections. Sex trade - high risk profesion for other infections, reconsider your options. ...Read more

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


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