|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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