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hepatitus c risk
Nov 22, 2008

I am wonering if I should be concerned about getting hep c from contact with surfaces such as door knobs, money, shopping carts, etc, if I have small cuts or scratches on my hands. I sometimes find small wounds that I did not notice right away. I am concerned that I could be touching surfaces with blood on them and getting it my cuts. I have been told this is not a risk by some other experts, but wanted to get as many opinions as possible. Also, if you were to touch or rub you nose, eyes, or mouth, or pick a scab without washing your hands, is there a risk. My son does these things on occasion. Thanks.

Response from Dr. McGovern

HCV is transmitted by blood to blood contact so these kind of environmental issues are not of concern even with cracking of your skin.

would hep c show up on routine blood work

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