Hepatitis C and saliva
May 1, 2010
I handled a retainer that came directly from someone's mouth who was Hepatitis C positive. I had a few small cuts on my hand. Should I be tested and what is the risk for transmission by saliva? I have read a few studies from reputable sources on the internet, that show Hepatitis C can be found in saliva.
Response from Dr. McGovern
Yes, HCV has been isolated from saliva, but there are no data to show that saliva has been proven to be a vehicle for HCV transmission.
No I would not get tested for this exposure.
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