A father who believes he contracted hepatitis C through a blood transfusion when he was five years old has said he still worries about cuddling his own children.
Darren Rawson, 36, from Hull, told the Infected Blood Inquiry his biggest fear is passing on the infection, even though treatments have cleared him of the virus.
Mr Rawson told the inquiry in Leeds: 'If I get a bleed or anything, I still think I've got it, to be honest. I don't like to be too close, near them when things like that happen.
'That's my biggest fear, you know.'
Junior counsel to the inquiry Sarah Fraser Butlin asked Mr Rawson: 'Because you're worried that, although it's cleared, it hasn't gone away?'
He replied: 'Yes.'
Ms Fraser Butlin said: 'I think you said earlier ... that you were scared of even kissing and cuddling your children.'
Mr Rawson said: 'Yes, that's right.'
He told the inquiry how he was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2004 after getting severe nose bleeds.
But he said it was only years later that he realised he was probably infected when he had a blood transfusion at Hull Royal Infirmary in 1988 after complications following a