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help ...hep c by toothpick

I used a toothpick leading my teeth to bleed before i realized it was a used one ... Could that lead me to hv hep c?? Please help i didnt sleep last night thinking about that
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There would have to have been infected blood on the toothpick that got into your blood stream....it is highly unlikely unless you know the persons toothpick you used has HCV.
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How long does the Hepatitis C virus survive outside the body?

The Hepatitis C virus can survive outside the body at room temperature, on environmental surfaces, for at least 16 hours but no longer than 4 days.

How is Hepatitis C spread?
Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.

People can become infected with the Hepatitis C virus during such activities as

Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs
Needlestick injuries in health care settings
Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C


Less commonly, a person can also get Hepatitis C virus infection through

Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
Having sexual contact with a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm
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Get tested if your losing sleep over it.
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Thxxx so much for the information ...the pick looks clean without any steps of blood on it ...that decreases the risk ?
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I have never read or heard of a case where someone contracted HCV from a toothpick. Either it's never happened....or it's so rare that its not even worth reporting as a statistic....I don't know. I listed the ways it contracted above....frequent and infrequent....toothpick was not one of them.

There is such a thing as microscopic blood that you can't see but understand it as to be someone's blood that has HCV....not just anybody's blood. If this is really bothering you...by tested.

I personally don't think you have anything to worry about but if you can't put your mind at ease...make a dr appointment.

Good luck
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thanks so muchhhh
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