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Very concerned and would like your advice!
May 1, 2010

Hello Dr. McGovern,

I am attending an event where I will have contact with a family member who is a drug addict (meth, I believe) and he has open skin lesions as a result of his use. Is there any risk of contacting Hep C and/or HIV from touching him, holding/shaking his hand, dancing with him, etc. if he's been picking his skin? I'm quite concerned as he appears to be at high risk for infection. I am very afraid of contracting something and wonder if everything he touches will be contaminated and dangerous for my family.

Thank you for your advice!

Response from Dr. McGovern

Transmission of HCV requires mixing of your blood with his so this would be highly unlikely from any of the activities you are describing.



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