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Oh, human living in terror!
Jan 1, 2002

Doctor, I usually cut my fingers and hands which always leads to bleeding. I got tested last month and was negative. It is about three months after suspected exposure--I scrathed my finger when pulling a cart full of books in my dorm. I heard my primary doctor say that the chance that people contract HCV is remote unless they are drug-users or have other major risk like blood transfusion. Your opinions.

Response from Dr. Fried

I agree with your doctor. HCV is not transmitted from cuts and scrapes from inanimate objects, like a library cart. Intravenous drug use and blood transfusions prior to 1992 are major risk factors.



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