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##### Living with someone with hcv ####
Jul 21, 2010

I am living with a friend sharing a house . He has just beed diagnosed with HCV. I am frightened about it . I am not planning to leave the room but I have few things that worries me . Can you please help me ? If there was some INVISIBLE BLOOD on door handle , on tabletop , or on somethings that I touch and if I have some open wound would it infect me ? What are the risk of hcv form these things ? This things makes me very afraid to live in the room , because I have just read that HCV can live for 4 days outside body ? so will invisible blood on doorknob , where virus can be active for 4 days , can it cause HCV to me ( because i have wounds on my hand frequently due to gym works and such things )?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Persons do not get HCV just from living with another person who is infected.

If HCV was as easy to get by the ways you describe, we would all be infected.

HCV spreads through blood to blood contact (eg, through sharing injection drugs, or through traumatic sex).

I would recommend that you do NOT share razors or toothbrushes. That would be my main recommendation.



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