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Possibility of Hep C transmission
Jan 28, 2007

My boyfriend's mother went to her sister' house (her sister's husband is infected with hepatitis C, although states he's inactive) and used a needle that he had previously used to check her blood sugar. Please tell me what her risks are of contracting hepatitis C and what she should do at this point. Anxiously awaiting your reply. Thanks!!!

Response from Dr. McGovern

She should see her physician regarding this exposure. Although the needles used to check blood sugars are very small, hepatitis C is easy to transmit.

It is also possible that the HCV patient does not have virus in his blood and that is why he is saying he is "inactive".

Regardless, needles should never be shared.

when are you considered hepa B carrier?

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