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Earrings

Back in July I purchased a pair of earrings from Nordstroms. The lady at the counter asked me if I wanted to try them on. I didn't try them on in the store, but I put them on when I got home to wear to a wedding later that day. Is there any chance of getting hep c from the earring if someone tried them on before me, who had it?
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446474 tn?1446347682
" Is there any chance of getting hep c from the earring if someone tried them on before me, who had it?"
No.
Transmission of hepatitis C occurs by blood-to-blood contact. No blood exchange, no transmission.

From the CDC
"How is Hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C is spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.
People can become infected with the Hepatitis C virus during such activities as

Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs
Needlestick injuries in health care settings
Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C

Less commonly, a person can also get Hepatitis C virus infection through

Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
Having sexual contact with a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus"

Who is at risk for Hepatitis C?

Some people are at increased risk for Hepatitis C, including

Current injection drug users (currently the most common way Hepatitis C virus is spread in the United States)
Past injection drug users, including those who injected only one time or many years ago
Recipients of donated blood, blood products, and organs (once a common means of transmission but now rare in the United States since blood screening became available in 1992)
People who received a blood product for clotting problems made before 1987
Hemodialysis patients or persons who spent many years on dialysis for kidney failure
People who received body piercing or tattoos done with non-sterile instruments
People with known exposures to the Hepatitis C virus, such as
Health care workers injured by needlesticks
Recipients of blood or organs from a donor who tested positive for the Hepatitis C virus
HIV-infected persons
Children born to mothers infected with the Hepatitis C virus

Less common risks include:

Having sexual contact with a person who is infected with the Hepatitis C virus
Sharing personal care items, such as razors or toothbrushes, that may have come in contact with the blood of an infected person


Cheers!
Hector
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2094297 tn?1345389093
  maybe a one in a million chance, hep c only lives for 4 days, someone would have had to bleed on earings within 48 hrs or you wearing them and you would have to had an open bleeding sore in your ear when you put them on, I would think that you at least wiped them off before wearing them, but even if you did not you have such a low chance of getting the virus that I would take that bet anyday.... IF you are just freaked out a simple blood test will let you know.  Good luck, I dont think I would worry about it unless you saw blood on the earings.
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I used an alchol wipe on the earrings before I wore them. Would tht have helped?
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163305 tn?1333668571
There is  no chance. Forget about it.
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Thank you!
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2094297 tn?1345389093
  Good now you dont have to worry... sleep tight
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