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Possible methods of Hep C exposure?
Jun 17, 2002

I recently found out that I shared a can of soda with someone diagnosed with Hep C. Of course I didn't find out until a few hours after I shared the can, and now I'm concerned about the potential risk of exposure. I'm fairly ignorant about how this disease can be transmitted outside of the obvious ways. I do want to point out that I tend to bleed a little bit when I floss my teeth, and assume this would leave me with a potential vulnerability. Am I being paranoid, or is there a real threat that I may have been exposed?

Response from Dr. Fried

HCV is not transmitted through casual contact or sharing food. It is transmitted only through significant blood exposure. You would not have acquired HCV based upon your description of the exposure.



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