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If someone with hepitis c spit in your eyes
Jun 21, 2001

What are some of the ways hepitis c can be transmitted?

Response from Mr. Kull

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is transmitted by contact with an infected person's blood. As with HIV, the infected blood needs to come into contact with the bloodstream or mucous membranes for infection to be possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that one might be at risk for HCV infection if:

*You were notified that you received blood from a donor who later tested positive for hepatitis C

*Have ever injected illegal drugs, even if you experimented a few times many years ago

*Received a blood transfusion or solid organ transplant before July, 1992

*Received a blood product for clotting problems produced before 1987

*Have ever been on long-term kidney dialysis

*Have evidence of liver disease (e.g., persistently abnormal ALT levels)

Since HCV is not found in the saliva of infected people, you cannot be infected with HCV if you get spit in your eye. If is possible that Hepatitis B could be spread this way because hepatitis B virus is found in the saliva of infected people.

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C at this time, but if you are at risk for infection, it is important that you get tested so that you get appropriate medical care.

Check out The Body's articles on Hepatitis C for more information (http://www.thebody.com/treat/hepatit_c.html).

RMK



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