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Author Topic: Barber shop exposure  (Read 8993 times)

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Offline dubsj

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Barber shop exposure
« on: July 28, 2019, 03:37:30 am »
I know this may be a silly question, however I would like some advise. I got a haircut at a new barber shop I have never been to before. When I got home I noticed a small cut on my forehead. Do I have to be worried about catching hepatitis c from the barbers clippers? I am not sure about the barber shops hygienic practices as I cannot remember if they were cleaned before hand as at the time I was just enjoying my experience. Please let me know :)

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Barber shop exposure
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2019, 10:11:41 am »
Very very very unlikely.
Only about 4% of the US population has hep c.
Barber shops and hair salons if they wish to maintain their licenses use standard hygienic practices.
Getting a cut during a haircut is not a known method of transmission. It is not on the CDC list of modes of transmission.
If hep c were easily contracted many more people would have hep c.
If you continue to have concerns it is a simple matter to have an antibody test. Just wait 12 weeks post a concerning event before testing.
Hep c today is relatively easily treated and curable in most cases so even if you should someday contract hep c you have little to worry about.

If you continue to have concerns maybe you should consider anxiety counseling to improve your quality of life related to concerns about contracting illnesses that are difficult to contract and today very curable.
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!

Offline dubsj

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Re: Barber shop exposure
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2019, 05:56:58 pm »
Hi Lynn,

Thank you for taking the time to write back to me.

I will take your advice and get tested in 12 weeks time to alleviate my anxiety
and go from there.

I appreciate your guidance. :)


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