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Hep C and B Risk from nail salon tools and art supply tools

I was working with art supply tools in my class and cut  myself from the tool, I got a small cut from the tool on finger and started bleeding, I'm worried about hep c and b risk, what if someone else cut themselves before me? This happened to in 2018 and I never got tested.( I know I'm dumb)

Fast forward till now, I went to a nail salon early in the morning, first person there and got a small cut from one of the nail tools on my finger, now I'm even more worried about contacting hep c and b.

When should I get tested? I I'm worried because I have bit a yellowing around my eye. Is this a mild case of jaundice?
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683231 tn?1467323017
This is the hep c forum for questions about hep b I suggest you ask there.

Only about 4% or less of the US population has hep c so your odds of randomly encountering someone infected with the virus is relatively low. People who know they have hep c are usually very careful if they cut themselves to avoid risk to others.

The most common way to contract hep c is through the sharing of IV drug needles or having a blood transfusion prior to 1990 when antibody testing was developed and the blood supply secured.

While it is theoretically possible bear in mind several low likelihood events would have to occur. Someone in the less than 4% of the population with hep c would have to have cut themselves with the knife and done nothing to clean it. Then the knife and blood would have to be undisturbed for less than 3 weeks which is the maximum survival time for the hep c virus undisturbed on surfaces. Then this blood would have to enter your blood stream. Also consider the case where a health care  worker should accidentally experience a needlestick involving a patient with known hepatitis C. The odds of transmission in that situation are around 1.8% so I’m sure you can understand that your risk would be appreciably lower.

As far as the nail salon if they are a licensed facility they will clean their equipment between clients. As well as the other considerations of low population of people with hep c and the low odds of transmitting infection.

Hep c is called a silent infection as the majority of those infected have no idea they are infected. Most people with hep c will not experience any symptoms generally they learn they have hep c when the do something like donate blood or have blood testing done for other reasons and discover they have elevated liver enzymes.

So bottom line you risk is extremely low to nearly non-existent. If you continue to have concerns wait at least 12 weeks post a troubling possible exposure and have the hepatitis c antibody test. Then you will know your status. Just to add Hepatitis c today is now very durable for the majority of patients. So if ever at some point in your live you should somehow contract hep c know that today you can be treated and cured.

So either way you have little to worry about in regards to Hepatitis c

Good luck
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OK, thank you so much for your help! Have a good day.
Oops meant to say hep c today is very curable not durable darned spell check lol
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