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Risk of Hepatitis C from blood to blood contact

Is there a possibility to transmit hcv virus from scratch?

I was in basketball court this morning, I played basketball and one of a guy had actively bleeding in hands and accidentally scratch me in my arms that cause a tear in my skin and immediately bleed out, after a collision with him i noticed lot of blood in my arms came from his hand

If his finger nails had a blood and scratch me with finger nails and cause a tear in my skin, do i need to be worry?

It is true if medication from hcv is started there's  slim chances to transmit virus to other person
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683231 tn?1467323017
First the other person would have to be infected with hepatitis c. Most people with hepatitis c are very careful if they have a bleeding cut to avoid putting others at risk.

If the other person is currently infected with hep c and your scratch was deep enough to bleed and hep c infected blood entered your fresh wet bleeding wound there is a chance for possible infection. To put that risk in perspective in the situation where a health care worker experiences an accidental needle stick involving a patient with known hep c infection the odds of transmission are only 1.8% so relatively low.

If someone is Currently treating their hep c infection with one of the new generation hep c medicines approved since 2014 and their viral load is not detected (This usually occurs  by 4 weeks of treatment for most patients) they do not have any virus to transmit so it would be basically impossible to transmit a virus they do not have.

If they are early in treatment and still have a viral load it would be possible to transmit the virus.

If concerned wait 12 weeks after this incident and have the hep c antibody test and go from there. But I doubt you would become infected from this incident but if the person is currently infected with hep c and their blood entered your open wet bleeding injury there’s could be a small theoretical risk.
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