Hepatitis C Community
Can you give yourself hep c
About This Community:

This forum is for questions about medical issues and research aspects of Hepatitis C such as, questions about being newly diagnosed, questions about current treatments, information and participation in discussions about research studies and clinical trials related to Hepatitis. If you would like to communicate with other people who have been touched by Hepatitis, please visit our new Hepatitis Social/Living with Hepatitis forum

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Can you give yourself hep c

  I am in week five of tx and tested undetectable, My ? is can I re-infect myself with the hep c virus, I have already thrown away all my old razors, toothbrush, etc., just to be safe, but I have not seen this question before and asked Dr. about it and no one seems to know, I think this is a good subject for our group to find out about...
Blank
1815939_tn?1377995399
I have no proof of this, but my own personal opinion is that a person could reinfect themselves. We do not develop an immunity to Hep C. Even after we attain SVR we can always get reinfected from a new exposure. I see no reason why that "new" exposure could not be our own dried blood on a razor or toothbrush. It may not be common, but I think it is possible. Here is why I think it would not be very common.

*One would have to still have the virus when using the item, bleed while using the item, get some of that blood on the item (toothbrush or razor or clippers)
*Then one would have to become virus free after the original use of the item
*Then one would have to use the item again within 4 days of the original use, have an open wound while using the item, get some of the old infected blood into the bloodstream via that open wound

So I think it is possible, but not very common, in fact, fairly unlikely.

I threw out all of my razors and tooth brushes. I use disposable razors and I change the toothbrush every month or so. I don't use the nail clippers every 4 days or even very often, so I kept it.
12 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
179856_tn?1333550962
Well sadly you aren't sure you are SVR yet and UND does not mean necessarily totally virus free. So there is a chance you could relapse but that is not reinfect yourself. I can't see how you could do that if you are truly UND.
Blank
2094297_tn?1345392693
  I understand that I am not out of the water yet, but my question remains, If I am virus free, can I re-infect myself.
  What I mean by that is if I use an old razor or toothbrush, or some kind of item that is infected with my own blood, can I re-infect myself with my own blood if indeed i am free, and If i can we in the hep c community need to be aware of this and take appropriate precautions..
Blank
163305_tn?1333672171
Hep C can live up to 4 days outside the body.
If you're worried about an old razor, well, if you haven't used it for more than 4 days, there should be no problem.
People here used to claim you could not reinfect yourself, but I'm not sure if that's ever been cleared up.

I'm going to ask my hepatologist.

I'd like to point out that I, like many others, had the virus for years, and didn't know it until after my kids were raised. My daughter had used my razor. I'd cared for my children's wounds, and they are not infected.

My advice, be careful but you needn't be paranoid.
Blank
163305_tn?1333672171
I just realized you're still on tx. Don't worry while on tx about reinfection. You are und, you are doing these strong meds. The very purpose of them is to kill the virus.
I thought you were done with tx.
Back to my coffee.
Blank
1815939_tn?1377995399
I have no proof of this, but my own personal opinion is that a person could reinfect themselves. We do not develop an immunity to Hep C. Even after we attain SVR we can always get reinfected from a new exposure. I see no reason why that "new" exposure could not be our own dried blood on a razor or toothbrush. It may not be common, but I think it is possible. Here is why I think it would not be very common.

*One would have to still have the virus when using the item, bleed while using the item, get some of that blood on the item (toothbrush or razor or clippers)
*Then one would have to become virus free after the original use of the item
*Then one would have to use the item again within 4 days of the original use, have an open wound while using the item, get some of the old infected blood into the bloodstream via that open wound

So I think it is possible, but not very common, in fact, fairly unlikely.

I threw out all of my razors and tooth brushes. I use disposable razors and I change the toothbrush every month or so. I don't use the nail clippers every 4 days or even very often, so I kept it.
Blank
2094297_tn?1345392693
  Thanks pooh, I think that if the virus can only last for four days (i heard up to thirty days but I cannot remember who told me this), then its improbable that you would re-infect yourself, I have always been good at keeping my items from the rest of family, and have wife and kids checked every year, and so far they have been neg., but yesterday when I was throwing away those items, the question came to me and was curious so thought that I would post, just to see what others thought.. once again thanks for great answer.
Blank
2094297_tn?1345392693
  Thanks great answer also..
Blank
163305_tn?1333672171
http://hepatitiscresearchandnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2010/09/hcv-outside-body-how-well-does-it.html#.UC6Uw6DWY8

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HCV can survive on environmental surfaces at room temperature for at least 16 hours but no longer than four days. The more fragile HIV virus, in contrast, only lives on surfaces for a few hours, while influenza viruses may survive for several hours up to about a day.
Blank
2094297_tn?1345392693
  Thanks for good info.
Blank
766573_tn?1365170066
Wondering if we could reinfect ourselves is a legitimate question. It crops up every couple of weeks or so. Usually people are curious if they should dispose of the razors or clippers they used before they started treatment. I'll be honest I was unsure myself until a couple of months ago.
Blank
2061362_tn?1353283118
Very interesting. When I first started treating I used to bleach my toothbrush and quit shaving my legs and pits. Then I thought I was being ridculous. This is interesting food for thought though, but still not going back to bleaching my toothbrush!
Blank
201379_tn?1319994931
If you've had HepC, you have antibodies but the antibodies do not clear the virus ( except for those few that clear early on in infection). That is why there is not a vaccine yet - they can elicit an antibody response but it does not prevent infection.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Hepatitis C Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Hepatitis Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
dontworry_behappy1
163305_tn?1333672171
Blank
orphanedhawk
Rural Mural, CA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
nan535
Brooklyn, NY
446474_tn?1404424777
Blank
HectorSF
CA
1815939_tn?1377995399
Blank
pooh55811
96938_tn?1189803458
Blank
FlGuy
South, FL