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hepititis c risk
Oct 22, 2002

Hi doctor. I respect your comforting manner that you've shown in answering other questions.

My husband's ex-wife has been recently diagnosed with hep c. She and her doctor believe she contracted it after my husbands marriage to her. My husband is neg for hep c. My stepdaughter (their child) was tested yesterday... we don't have the results yet. Her mother's doctor has assured us that the risk that she's been infected is very low, even if her mother was hep c positive when she gave birth to her. I'm agonizing over the safety of my two sons who live with myself, my husband as well as my stepdaughter. Are they at any risk EVEN IF my stepd. is hep pos.? If she's not pos., and continues to spend time with her hep c pos mom, can she transmit the virus from her mother's home to ours? I'm so worried. I'm also 3 months pregnant. Please help.

Response from Dr. Fried

Your step-daughter is only at risk if she had acquired HCV at birth from her mother. If she tests negative now, there is nothing to worry about. She is NOT at increased risk from spending time with her HCV+ mother. They should not share razors and other common-sense precautions to prevent direct blood exposure. She can hug, kiss, and share food with her mother at no risk. Thus, there is also no risk that she could transmit it to your home.

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