Transmission of Hepatitis C

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mateisking
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   Posted 3/8/2018 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I have some doubts regarding Hepatitis C transmission.

1. What's the minimum amount of blood required for transmission. Can it be invisible with naked eye?
2. How long the virus can live outside the body in invisible blood.
3. I have quite often and/or skin cracks, small cuts (with no runny blood). Are these effective ways of infection with hep C?
4. I have also something nosebleeds. Is it possible to catch hep C from air by dried blood floating in the air as dust?

Thanks,

ppm guy
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   Posted 3/8/2018 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi matrisking and welcome,
The amount of blood on the tip of a needle has caused infections by needl stick.

It depends on circumstances, how long the virus can live. Can last a few days, to weeks under the right conditions..

Hep c requires blood to blood contact.. your cracks and cuts are not effective ways to infect

Hep c is not airborne

mateisking
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   Posted 3/9/2018 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello ppm guy,

Thanks for your answer, it helps a lot.

Is does it mean that the blood must me just come directly into my bloodstream(not just with superficial blood to blood contact)?
I am asking about quantity of blood because in one place I found answer that hepatitis c need at least 0.1 ml of infected blood (and in general this virus is very noninfectious similar to HIV). And the answer comes from professor of medicine.

The next doubt, does boiled water kill the hepatitis c virus?

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ppm guy
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   Posted 3/9/2018 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
blood to blood.. sharing needles, sharing straws for snorting drugs, and needle sticks by health providers are incidents that need to be checked. the issues you are talking about are extremely low risk..

I had hep c for 45 years..I have been here for a decade.. talking to thousands of hep c patients.. we were told by drs about not sharing toothbrushes, shaving utensils. etc

we were told that unprotected monogamous sex was OK.

we were told to handle blood with gloves and sanitizing cleaners.

There are hundreds of websites that will all tell you the same safeguards. some may differ on a small issue.. But I will always follow my drs advice..

getting tested, if you are worried, is always an option..

mateisking
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   Posted 3/9/2018 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
And what do you think about surgery, could it be the source of infection?

Yes I know that test is available but this is no possible to get the test after each time when I have some blood in nose or some kind of small cut on hand.

ppm guy
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   Posted 3/9/2018 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Before 1992,, there was no test for hep c. The blood supply was tainted. Now, all blood is tested, and sterilization of all medical and surgical equipment is mandatory. The US has eliminated infection from surgical tools..

Why worry about something that hasn’t happened.. do you live in a country, that has a hepatitis epidemic??

mateisking
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   Posted 3/10/2018 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
No I just have some pains of the liver and some other symptoms.

Could I ask you maybe, you told that you had hepatitis c for 45 years. Have you got any therapy? Why have not it been succesful ? Have you got some liver markers increased from blood? Is this virus concern only liver or could have also impact on other organs?

ppm guy
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   Posted 3/10/2018 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hep c is easily curable. my liver is normal again.. you really need to see a dr, if you have pain. hep c is no longer a big problem.
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