Yesterday while visiting my father's home I used the restroom for #2. While wiping I noticed a very small blood smear on the end of the toilet paper roll. My father took treatment for hep c many years ago but currently taking no medication because it cleared the infection (per my mother.) Knowing there was dry blood on the toilet paper and I used it to wipe my vagina and anus, is it possible that I contracted Hep C? I did not notice any bleeding/cuts/open wounds on my areas. I worry about the exposure to mucous membrane for my self and my daughter who also used that specific roll during our visit. Please help, I am so worried.
Thank you, I so appreciate your taking the time to respond to my question. If you could would you elaborate on why no risk? I was under the assumption that dried blood was still infectious and that mucous membranes were an adequate transmission route. Even if there was Hep C virus present in the blood smear (if for some reason the virus wasn't cleared) is there still
no risk from this event?
You are correct in that the HIV incident I described was very "what if" and far-reaching. However, since there was contact with blood from someone I know to have had the virus in the past, I do worry about the possibility. More so for my young daughter, but I guess that is moot. I hope the new year finds you all well.
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