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Hepatitis C is transmitted through contact with the blood of an infected person, mainly through sharing intravenous needles to inject drugs. So the answer to your question is no.
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I would like for you to view the following page so that you can educate yourself on Hepatitis C. Sometimes just knowing more about the disease will help your anxiety about transmission.
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Also, the odds would depend on many, many variables. Hep C is spread by blood but it is way less likely to spread it by touching door handles and such. If you had an open sore that was actively bleeding on your hand and the other person had a the same active bleeding or an open sore on their hand and you held hands with that person that was Hep C positive, it would possible, but again, this is an incident that would rarely happen and I don't think that is what happened here. Your original question was about touching an inanimate object. Now, if you want to discuss how likely the chances are for spreading Hep C by sharing needles, or an accidental needle stick, or otherwise, I would be happy to help. Just wanted to clear this up. I noticed your original question had turned into a totally different scenario and just wanted to know if you were merely speculating or if this actually happened.
Ok, this changes the situation then. I would suggest that if you have any cuts on your hands (open or not) and if the person was bleeding when they touched this 'object', I would have blood drawn and be tested for Hepatitis C to make sure there was no transmission as there are many variables here. Honestly, I would want to know for sure to be on the safe side. There is no vaccine for Hep C, so be careful around this person who has a confirmed case and get tested.
Yes, I would go ahead and be tested just to be sure. That way you will know for sure and you can be very careful around this person who has a known infection from here on out.
No, you would actually need a Hepatits antibody test done. That would be more definitive.
Thanks for replying back...sorry for the delay.
You are correct. I deal with patients everyday with Hepatitis. Thing to remember is the basics. If you come in contact with blood at any point, you need to be careful...especially if you have open wounds. The reason I was urging testing is because you mentioned blood to cut contamination. If there was none, and this was only hypothetical, then no problem. Your concerns seem to be more 'paranoid' concerns as you put it. Just be careful and observant as you said. Thanks for the interesting question and great conversation.