Hi Lisa S...
First off, take a nice deep breath, peel yourself off the ceiling and bring your anxiety down a couple of notches...and please...no apologies for asking for help and support.
I don't mean to sound cavalier, but hep c is not that easy to "catch". It has to be blood to blood contact.
It's prudent to take the usual precautions...don't share toothbrushes, razors, etc., with an infected individual...stay away from tattoo parlors where good, basic hygiene is not standard practice, etc., etc.
I was infected at work back in 1977...stuck with a bloody needle from a known hep B patient...who, unbeknownst to myself and the hospital, also had hep c...(see my sig below).
I wasn't diagnosed and made aware of the hep c infection until 2013.
I've lived with my wife for 33 years and our kids are 28 & 29. We had many family camping trips, etc., where we shared toothbrushes, fingernail clippers and the like and until 2013 had absolutely no thought as to transmitting serious diseases. They remain hep c free...never having been infected.
There are many stories like mine...more the rule than the exception.
Get yourself and your 6 yo child tested. It is a simple and cheap blood test. Keep in mind that this is only an antibody screen and will only tell you whether or not you've "ever" been exposed.
Typically the virus does not live outside a host for more than 3-4 days. There is now, a now famous study done at Yale (I think in 2014...could be 2013) where the hep c virus remained viable for approx. 6 weeks on an environmental surface.
This is very atypical. I read the actual abstract...not only very unusual, but the viability was also a function of the size of the blood sample...ie., bigger size resulted in increased viability.
I know you can't just "not think about
this", but both you and your child will be fine.
Get tested and then you can realistically let it go.
Please post back with any questions, concerns and definitely let us know the test results.
Great bunch of helpful and friendly people here with lots of experience and best of all...they have wisdom.
Take care and keep the faith.
2013 / Diagnosed and successfully treated for hep c geno 1b with Telaprevir, Interferon and Ribavirin...treatment duration 24 weeks.
Retired CRNA (aka nurse anesthetist)...approx 35 years experience in the ER and anesthesia.
Exposure was likely a bloody needle stick from a known hep b patient in 1977. Hep B never progressed to the chronic phase...my own, healthy immune system crushed it.
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