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barbershop and hcv
Nov 20, 2010

Hi Dr. McGovern, I am concerned because today during my haircut, the barber's comb snagged a pimple on my scalp. Afterwards I touched the site and got some blood on my finger, so clearly the pimple broke open and bled as a result of being snagged by the comb.

I have been vaccinated for Hep B, and believe I am still covered for that. However, I am concerned about Hep C, and possible transmission in this situation. Do you see the need for testing?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Barbers are required to use a blade that has been disinfected before cutting another customer's hair so I don't think you should worry about this.



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