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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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4113881 tn?1415853876
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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4113881 tn?1415853876
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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