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Author Topic: Would You Test? And When is Test Conclusive?  (Read 6120 times)

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Offline brycet

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Would You Test? And When is Test Conclusive?
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:41:41 pm »
Last Thursday I was working with an individual who is Hep C+. I do not know about his HIV status. He was using a small rag to wipe sweat off his head because it was hot. The rag fell from his shoulder and I picked it up with my fingertips to hand back to him. I'm not sure if there was blood or any other substance on it, or if I had any cuts on my fingers or what I did with my fingers afterward. Nor did I check for sharp objects. The individual has a past history of intravenous drug use.

Is testing recommended?

Also, if I were to get the RNA PCR test, would that be conclusive at the 2-week mark?

Thanks.

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Would You Test? And When is Test Conclusive?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2015, 02:22:50 am »
Hep c is not that easy to catch if fact long term monogamous couples are not even recommended to use barrier protection as hep c is not considered a STD.

Transmission of hep c required blood to blood contact it would require open wounds on your fingertips. Even if you had blood on your fingers and put your fingers in your eyes or mouth it is highly unlikely to transmit hep c in this manner. I would expect you would notice if you were poked with a sharp object causing a bleeding injury.

you can read the information on this web page from the CDC Hepatitis C FAQ for the public

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm

In answer to your question do I believe you are at risk from this exposure very doubtful.

Is testing recommended testing is a good idea for everyone especially now as hep c is very curable so nothing to worry about.

The HCV RNA by PCR I believe is 3 weeks and likely costs around 400 dollars. To diagnose hep c normally your doctor will have a hep c antibody test done to see if you have been exposed and if positive then do the HCV RNA test to confirm infection if the antibody test is positive.

However it does 6 months before the antibody test will be conclusive.

Personally I would save your money and wait the 6 months and have the antibody test if you feel you need to test. Then if positive then have the HCV RNA test.

There is no rush generally with hep c I have had hep c for 37 years so waiting 6 months wont impact your health.

However I am not a doctor I am a hep c patient. I am not any kind of medical professional.

For medical advice your FIRST and BEST choice is ALWAYS your personal physician.

Good luck
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1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
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Offline Lynn K

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Re: Would You Test? And When is Test Conclusive?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2015, 02:41:42 am »
I see you have asked and been answered else where also

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Hepatitis-C/Would-You-Test/show/2674046
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

 


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