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How contagious is Hepititus C?

My mom was diagnosed with Hepititus C last week, she had been showing symptoms for a very long time, but never went to the doctor about it because she thought she was just having symptoms of getting old.
After she got these red places on her legs that hurt, she went to the doctor, they did blood tests, and other tests, and told her she had Hepitius C, and could have gotten it from a blood transfusion from years ago.
My question is, how contagious is this? and how easy would it be for her to pass this to someone else from contact?
I heard that you can get it just by eating her food that she cook, now my daughter in law is afraid to go to mom's for Christmas and eat.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:22 AM on Oct. 25, 2013 in Health

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  • Seriously?! I think you need to educate yourself a bit on this. It's not like catching a cold. Try WebMD or Google.  


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:35 AM on Oct. 25, 2013


    Here- please read up on this & tell the family not to treat your mom like some sort of ogre.  She needs the support & love of her family right now.


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:50 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • hepatitis is only contractible through exchange of body fluids, for example: semen, vaginal secretions, if you don't plan on having sex with your mom or sharing needles with her, you shouldn't catch it

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 7:27 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Pretty sure it's similar to HIV, and is passed through bodily fluids. So unless your mom bleeds into the food, you should be good. Just use some common sense precautions - if she cuts herself or something, don't touch her blood if she needs help cleaning up. Get some latex gloves to wear if you help her clean up an injury, and just make sure she wears a band-aid and you/she clean up all blood. It's really not a huge deal - sad that she has it, but not the end of the world.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 7:51 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • ^^^What the other ladies said. But have you been tested yourself? It can also be passed to the baby during childbirth.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 8:05 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Educate your self please. It is not a air born type thing.

    Answer by louise2 at 8:38 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • This is an easily searched subject. Wouldn't googling it be easier than asking a bunch of interenet strangers?

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:34 AM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Okay, let's think about this logically for a second. Your mom probably got hepatitis C from a blood transfusion years ago. It's a disease that is transmitted through bodily fluids, not like a cold that is airborne. Chances are, your mom has been cooking for you all or hanging out with you for a long time with the disease, and none of you have caught it. Why would it be any different now, simply because the hepatitis label has been stuck on her symptoms? Just gently remind her to wash her hands after she uses the bathroom, if she'd be inclined to forget, and make sure if she has an open cut on her hand that it's covered up. Common sense, she's probably been taking those measures already. Most adults would. Relax an enjoy your Christmas dinner!

    Answer by Ballad at 12:24 PM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • My bigger concern would be HOW long ago because it can be passed to baby so you may have it if she had it before giving birth to her. I personally would get tested ASAP just in case. That being said it is similar to HIV so do a little goggling and educate your family on how to handle it. It can show no symptoms for years so some of you may have it and not know too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:55 PM on Oct. 25, 2013

  • Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:26 PM on Oct. 25, 2013

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