This is most likely to happen in people who stress their liver by drinking too much alcohol in addition to having hepatitis C.
But I agree that hepatitis C is not something you want to acquire, because in roughly 1 in 10 people who are infected, it causes long-term damage to the liver (cirrhosis).
Dear Dr Margaret I might start dating someone who just told me he has hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a virus, transmitted mainly by blood.
Also, a few people with hepatitis C develop liver cancer.
You may feel a temptation to pull away from people you care about rather than risk them knowing.
Yet, keeping open and honest relationships is key to your well being.
It is also possible to acquire hepatitis C by sharing personal items such as toothbrushes, razors, nail files or nail scissors – these can become contaminated by tiny, invisible specks of blood containing the virus, which could then pass into someone else’s bloodstream through tiny sores or scratches.
My personal philosophy and method is to be selective about the people I choose to date.But there are exceptions to these general rules, such as situations where there may be a legal duty for a person to disclose his or her HCV infection, or where someone else may have the legal power to disclose such information.Read the entire FAQ below, or click on a link to skip to a specific situation: Hepatitis C is a reportable disease.Public health laws require certain health professionals (and sometimes labs and other people) to report cases of HCV infection to Public Health.Public Health may keep a record or database of people who have been infected with infectious diseases such as hepatitis C. Full marks to your friend for letting you know that he has hepatitis C.