I am very worried about coming into contact with blood here in my home. Is Hep C really that easy to catch? I hear stories of dried blood being able to infect someone. If you touch dried blood can it infect you with Heb C? Or do you need a cut on your hand? I am really freaking out bcz sometimes I see dried blod on pillow cases her in my home and I get a really scary thought in my head of catching it without knowning I touched any blood. I seem to be washing my hands over and over. I live with my dad he is 67 years old, he has a few nose bleeds and sometimes I think maybe his hands are always bleeding bcz he does work around the house. I have lived with him all my life 30 years and I have never catched anything, but I just can't help but freaked out about all this. If he has Heb C and he bleeds somewhere in the house and I touch the blood, would this be infection?
Relax and try not to worry too much. My husband has been Hep C positive, and he's on blood thinners for his heart condition to boot, and I often clean up dried blood, fresh blood, you name it. 22 years together and I'm Hep C negative. If you have open sores or wounds, you can certainly wear gloves to minimize the near-zero risk for extra security -- but before my husband was diagnosed we have on occasion shared razors and such, and i'm ok. Just love your dad and don't share any of his needles ;).
My husband has Hep C Also. Even having sex with me bleeding from a tumor in my uterus before an hysterectomy and him having blood in his urine, etc from bladder cancer I never contacted Hep C. My husband also has ecema and his head bleeds on the pillow sometimes and he scratches like crazy... and nothing. I admit, I'm careful. We do not share razors now that I'm aware he has Hep C. But I'm not stressing about it since I haven't contacted it yet. We've been together for 7 years now. :)
I wish I could really put your mind at rest...My hubby of almost 32 years has been HCV+ for over 35 years....we have 5 kids together...none of us is infected. we actually never thnk about it.
Walrus had a liver TP in Sept '06 and he came home from the hospital with drains and bandages which I had to deal with daily.. Later a post op infection had him with more drains and bandages, and everything was a "biohazard" so to speak, and all I did was glove up to clean his wounds, etc. I never freaked out or worried. This bug is REALLY hard to catch. I think the only thing I have changed is that I don't shave with his razor anymore.
Just love your dad. Dont' worry.
All the best,
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