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hcv transmission
Jul 22, 2006

I recently found out my friend's mother has hep c from needle use long time ago.Before this we have shared cigarettes and drinks from time to time.All I can think about now is whether I am at risk for getting it.I am mostly concerned because at one point I had a cold sore on the corner of my mouth at one of those times.It wasn't bleeding or anything, but I am stuck with the what if possibility and am really scared.Can you please help and advise me if i am at risk or not.Thank you so much

Response from Dr. McGovern

HCV is transmitted through blood contact. It is not shared by kissing or hugging. We do not recommend sharing razors or drinking glasses; however, there are no clear data that support that these routes are effective. Most people get HCV through injection drug use or occasionally through sex.

I don't see any reason to get tested.

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