I have used a teeth brush of someone infected with hepatitis c virus. And after about four days i went to make a blood test for hepatitis c and thankfully i tested negative. But i have read that antibodies to the hepatitis C virus if someone infected with it; Will show up in the blood within six weeks to 3 months. But in some people, it might take up to six months. This is soimportant to me because i might tested negative to hepatitis c becaouse the antibodies to hepatitis c have not show up in my blood becouse of my recent infecation.... now i need to know, sould i worry about this please help me out what does this me?..
I am sorry but you have to make a PCR test after like 4 weeks of infection-if it exists- and don't make any blood test again before you see a doctor because he will tell you when to make the blood test and what kind of test you should make. And don't worry if the toothbrush didn't have blood in it you should be fine ! and if you caught the infection and made the test after only 3 or 4 weeks then you have a 90% chance of curing.
When you used the tooth brush did you bleed? The only way you can catch it from a tooth brush is if the other person bled on it within 4 hours of you using it, and then you bled too... and the virus got into the spot where you were bleeding from.
As you can see, there is very little chance of catching it that way... yes there is a slight chance but...
It will take a while for the body to make antibodies. You are right about that. There is another test that checks for viral load, which actually counts the virons in your blood, but that is more expensive than the antibody test.
HEPATITIS C - TRANSMISSION BY TOOTHBRUSHES: A MYTH OR A REAL POSSIBILITY?
Introduction: Up to 40% of patients with chronic hepatitis C have no obvious risk factor for the disease. Unconventional ways of transmission such as for example infection by tattooing or sharing of possibly infected household objects have been discussed to play a role for these community acquired forms. Thus, patients with hep. C are advised to take care not to share objects like razors, nail-scissors or toothbrushes with their household members. In this study, we prospectively examined the contamination of toothbrushes in patients with chronic hep. C as a model for a possible unconventional way of transmission.
Patients and methods: 30 consecutive patients with chronic hep. C were included in the study. Around 2 ml of saliva were obtained before and after brushing the teeth under controlled conditions for 2 minutes. After toothbrushing, the toothbrush was rinsed in 2 ml of NaCl. RNA was isolated with the QIAmp Viral RNA mini Kit (Qiagen) and HCV-RNA was detected by the COBAS AMPLICOR HCV - Test v2.0. Results were qualitatively graded as positive or negative. Oral hygiene was classified as good, fair or bad, and the parodontose bleeding index (PBI) was determined by a dentist. Clinical, biochemical and histological parameters were related to the HCV results in saliva and toothbrush rinsing water.
Results: In 9/30 patients (30%), the "native" saliva (i.e. before toothbrushing) was positive for HCV-RNA, and in 11/29 patients (37.9%) saliva after toothbrushing contained HCV - RNA. In as many as 12/30 (40%) specimen of the rinsing waters of the toothbrushes HCV - RNA was positive. In 6 of these 12 patients, the "native" saliva had been negative for HCV RNA. Patients with HCV - RNA positive toothbrush rinsing water showed no significant differences to patients with HCV RNA negative rinsing water in respect to oral hygiene, PBI, histological grading or staging, coagulation parameters, ALT, bilirubin and quantitative HCV - viral load in the serum.
Conclusion: With sufficiently sensitive methods, a contamination with HCV-RNA can be detected at a large portion of toothbrushes used by hep. C patients. In spite of the low infection risk usually published for household contacts, transmission by contaminated every-day`s household objects appears to be possible. Considering the great epidemiological importance of hep. C, further examinations and maybe even legal instructions concerning publically used possibly infected objects such as razors in barbershops appear indicated.
editorial note: there is no evidence that HCV can be spread by saliva or by contact with a toothbrush with HCV in saliva on it. What about dried blood on a toothbrush or on a razor at home or in a barber shop? These are fair concerns.
Apparently I was wrong. Trinity says it can live on the toothbrush for up to 4 days. I'm on treatment and my brain is foggy, so it is very easy for me to get hours and days mixed up in my head. That means that the virus can possibly be transmitted for up to 4 days after the infected person uses the brush.
Don't use their toothbrush any more. It takes from 20 days to 6 months (depending on a person's immune system function) to produce antibodies that they test for to see if you are infected, so if you don't get sick, you have a long wait till you can get tested. By getting sick, I don't mean just a little ache or muscle cramp either. I mean yellow eyes, extreme fatigue, fever... that kind of sick.
I was told by my first and most knowledgeable hep c dr 12 years ago to not share a toothbrush. It is easy for gums to bleed a little and you may not see the blood. The risk may be slim, but this seems like a reasonable concern to me.
My wife knows not to use my toothbrush, but sometimes does by mistake. She has been tested several times over the years and has never gotten HCV. While married to my first wife for 15 years I didn't know I had HCV and we could only afford one tooth brush (just kidding, sort of!) She never got hcv either. It just doesn't spread that easily.
Get tested again after a short while if it will make you more comfortable. That's the only way to know for sure.
I brush my teeth everyday. If you clear the virus during treatment and reuse your toothbrush can you get the virus back after brushing your teeth? Or do you need to have a fresh toothbrush ready after you get an UND bloodtest?
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