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What precautions would someone with hep c need to take. Are the precautions the same for those with a low viral load and those with a high viral load?

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Dr. Donald Lipkis
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Same precautions

Hep C is transmitted by blood contamination only usually through needle sticks.
There is some risk with shared toothbrushes where blood contamination can occur. Intranasal cocaine use amongst infected persons can also transmit. Sexual transmission is rare but can occur. This would be the only situation where high viral load may play a role. Get treated and get rid of the Hep C.

In brief: Same precautions

Hep C is transmitted by blood contamination only usually through needle sticks.
There is some risk with shared toothbrushes where blood contamination can occur. Intranasal cocaine use amongst infected persons can also transmit. Sexual transmission is rare but can occur. This would be the only situation where high viral load may play a role. Get treated and get rid of the Hep C.
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