[Question #5161] Q4283 / previous question follow-up

23 months ago
Hi Drs  Hook & Handsfield,

Thanks again for all your reassuring answers previously, I have a very quick follow up.

Previously you stated that the risk of contracting bloodborne disease such as HBV/HCV/HIV from living with an infected family member/friend (i.e. no sexual relationship) for a 1 - 3 month period would be <1% overall, when sharing razors/toothbrush/towels/other household items. 
Also that a one-time massage and also a fish foot spa in Asia/Africa were not events to be concerned about from risk perspective.

And that this would not change regardless of what others medical conditions/medication either myself or the family member/friends were on. And regardless of mine or their gender.

Just wanted to kindly check this advice is all still unchanged from a few months ago? Specifically in relation to Hepatitis (HBV, HCV etc).
I was having a conversation with a friend and they mentioned offhand something about transmission which worried me - I remembered all your reassuring advice from a few months ago, and just wanted to check this is all still unchanged?

Thank you very much again Drs.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
23 months ago
Repeating the closing comment from the most recent of your several previous threads:  This must be your last question about HTLV or similar infections on this forum. You are free to continue your own online research, but we will have no further advice. The forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. Future questions along these lines may be deleted without reply and without refund of the posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. Thank you for your understanding.

Of course the advice is unchanged. Why would you suspect otherwise? People in such homes should use common sense hygiene, especially if it is necessary to handle the infected person's blood, e.g. in cleaning or bandaging a fresh cut. No other precautions are necessary, assuming no sexual contact with the infected person.

Any nmore questions along these lines will not receive even this much reply.

HHH, MD
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