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Can you get hepatitis c from drinking the same bottle of

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can you get hepatitis c from drinking the same bottle of water ?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood to blood contact.

So simply drinking water from someone with hepatitis C does not put you at risk.

If they had blood on the cup, and you had an open wound in your mouth, then it would be possible, but still unlikely.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i might of drank out the same bottle of water of some one that has hepatitis c can it be possible that now i have hepatitis c
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
If there was no blood contamination of the water, the answer is no.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what is the possibility that i got it from doing that ? and how can i check if i have it
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
The possibility of this is very low, especially if there was no blood contamination.

If you are concerned, you can get blood tests for hepatitis C.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
if there was blood contact would i have it
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 7 years ago.

Dr. Mark has already answered your question but you opted him out so he cannot reply to you.

If there was blood on the container from someone infected with Hep C and if you had a open bloody cut on your lip, and the blood touched the open cut, there would be a small chance of your getting Hep C. Even with needlesticks from Hep C positive patients, health care providers don't usually get Hep C. Your risk is infinitesimally small, especially since you don't even know if the person has Hep C.

To find out if you were infected from even this minuscule risk, you can have a Hep C blood test.