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Author Topic: Hepatitis c risk?  (Read 9974 times)

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Offline anxietyx10

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Hepatitis c risk?
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:18:13 am »
Hello everyone,

I am a 20 year old man from Canada. I think I might have had a risk for hepatitis C that I cannot stop worrying about. About a week ago I shared 4 marijuana pipes at a party. There was about 5 of us who used them in total (no crack pipes were used and no drugs of that sort or injected drugs were present). I have a habit of picking my lips and I had picked my lips a bit earlier in the day so my lips were rough and maybe possibly bleeding? But none that I was aware of. I also did not notice any blood on the pipes or on the mouths of any people there. The next day, I was picking at my lip again (out of nervousness over this incident) and then I squeezed my lip to see if it could cause bleeding. Once squeezing my lip very hard, a drop of blood did appear. I am nervous that I may have gotten hepatitis C on my hand from the party the day before and then it transferred from my hand to me when I squeezed the drop of blood out of my lip. I also took out and put in my contacts. I did not notice any blood from anyone else besides my own that I squeezed out at any point on my hands or the pipes. I also got my wisdom teeth out about a month ago, but those have not bled since that time I do not believe. My cheek is also a little sore but I do not believe it bled either. I have never injected drugs or used a crack pipe.

Do you think I need to get tested over this incident? I asked a doctor on Medhelp, and he told me that this was not a risk for hepatitis c and I did not need to get tested. I am very anxious over this incident and im not able to relax. I understand that I think I could have had a theoretical risk but the question is really where to draw the line with my fears. I mean, even getting a manicure is considered a risk but I don’t believe that people who receive one should be panicking about HCV as I am right now. Recently I’ve become kind of obsessed with the idea of getting a disease and I did test for Hepatitis C and all STDs just a few months ago – all negative. The thought of going through another three months of anxiety absolutely terrifies me.

Offline sweet_susie

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Re: Hepatitis c risk?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 12:32:42 pm »
Hi Anxiety,

Welcome the forums.

Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact. It doesn't sound like there was any blood interaction with the pipe so I'm inclined to agree with your medHelp doc.

But at the end of the day it's your life, so if you feel the need to get tested again go for it. Better safe than sorry.

Offline jberlin

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Re: Hepatitis c risk?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 04:42:49 pm »
I doubt there is any risk at all...  My wife and I kissed more than a few times, and I have Hep C our entire 25 year marriage, and she does not. 

However, the incubation period for Hep C is six months, so schedule a blood test in September and stop worrying.   Perhaps more care in your lifestyle might be a good mirror discussion at some point?  :)


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