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Can you get hep c from taking a sip of bottled water after someone?

Ok I have this guy in my church that has hep c. At the time I didn’t know it. That Sunday morning I wasn’t feeling well, bc of my acid reflux. He came in with a bottle of water with grape flavoring in it. He wanted me to try a sip of it, but I can’t remember if I did, or not. This has been months ago. Can you get hep c from drinking after someone. I talked to my doctors nurse, and she said you can’t. I need to be reassured. I’m a little paranoid.
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No you cannot. Hepatitis c infected blood must enter the blood stream of an uninfected person.

Per the CDC from the FAQ about hepatitis c for the general public web page

“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 prepare or inject drugs. Before 1992, hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. After that, widespread screening of the blood supply in the United States virtually eliminated this source of infection.

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

Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to prepare or 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 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
Getting a tattoo or body piercing in an unregulated setting
Hepatitis C virus is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.”
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Thank you so much. This puts my mind at ease.
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