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Hepatitis C exposure risk in barbershop?

Yesterday i went to the barber to get shaved, he used a new razor with me but i noticed he didnt changed the water that he used to clean the excess of foam and hair and 2 persons got shaved before me. am i in risk to get hepatitis C by sharing the used water?

due i grow quite thick beard i got a little scratch with sightly bleeding and other minor bleeding spots.

to clarify i dont even know if the other 2 personas are infected, i didnt noticed signs of hepatitis on them.
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683231 tn?1467323017
Not a risk

There are no external signs that someone is infected with hepatitis c

“How is hepatitis C spread?
The hepatitis C virus is usually spread when someone comes into contact with blood from an infected person. This can happen through:

►Sharing drug-injection equipment.

Today, most people become infected with hepatitis C by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment used to prepare and inject drugs.

►Birth.

Approximately 6% of infants born to infected mothers will get hepatitis C.

►Health care exposures.

Although uncommon, people can become infected when health-care professionals do not follow the proper steps needed to prevent the spread of bloodborne infections.

►Sex with an infected person.

While uncommon, hepatitis C can spread during sex, though it has been reported more often among men who have sex with men.

►Unregulated tattoos or body piercings.

Hepatitis C can spread when getting tattoos or body piercings in unlicensed facilities, informal settings, or with
non-sterile instruments.

►Sharing personal items.

People can get infected from sharing glucose monitors, razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, and other items that may have come into contact with infected blood, even in amounts too small to see.

►Blood transfusions and organ transplants.

Before widespread screening of the blood supply in 1992, hepatitis C was also spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Now, the risk of transmission to recipients of blood or blood products is extremely low.

Hepatitis C is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.”

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm
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thanks for the quick response, when i said signs i was talking about jaunice in the skin or eyes.
so do you think there is no risk if some drops of blood get diluted in the water?
People will only exhibit those symptoms if they have very advanced liver disease. The majority of people with hepatitis c experience little to no symptoms which is why it is called a silent illness.

No risk
Did you read the link or the quote I made from the link?

“It is also not spread through food or water.”

Also I am not a medical professional I am a patient who was infected with hep c for likely 37 years until I was cured by the relatively new hep c medications.

There are no doctors here. This is a community of patients we cannot diagnose or recommend any course of action relative to anyones medical conditions. This is a support group of patients.

For medical advice see your personal physician.
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