Hi, is it possible to catch hepatitis in the following situations? I've been wondering and worrying about it for some time and keep reading conflicting information about it:
If your clothes were to wipe against a dried blood stain i.e. on a wall, and then you touch that area of your clothes with an open wound on your hand, can you catch hepatits?
If your clothes were to touch a dried blood stain in a public toilet, like on a sanitary bin, toilet seat or toilet floor, and then you lie in bed wearing those clothes, and then go to sleep later without any clothes on and possible cuts in your skin, could you catch anything?
Can you catch hepatitis from touching blood stains on library books or other surfaces?
Can you catch hepatitis if you touch a dried blood stain, then rub your eyes or blow your nose?
I'm sorry if these are stupid questions, but if you could answer them for me, it would really help me so much! Thank you.
I think you're screen name is very apt. You are "worried" about 475 times more than normal about catching Hepatitis C and that is probably an understatement. Of course I'm not the doctor so he may indeed revise those numbers.
I would up that to 1000 times more normal :) Dried blood means it might have been there for awhile for one, and two inless the active virus gets into your blood stream there is no chance of getting the virus. To be honest your more at risk for a panic attack than Hep-c. However if you believe you came into contact with the hep-c virus, then get tested. But as for your risk from the above situations, very very low.
I agree with the above responses. Very, very low you would contact hep c this way. The hep c virus lives in the air about 4 to to weeks depending on how thick the blood is. If the blood is so thin it is dry the virus is more than likly dead. Then add up the odds of you touching a dry blood stain and having a cut in that area. The virus has to be passed blood to blood. I wouldn't worry about contact this way but if you need peace of mind get tested.
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