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TATTOO AND HEP C
Jun 17, 2002

IN SEPTEMBER I GOT A TATTOO, AND IN JANUARY I WAS TESTED FOR HEP C. IT CAME BACK NEGATIVE, SHOULD I BE RETESTED AGAIN? OR IS IT SAFE TO SAY I DON'T HAVE IT?

Response from Dr. Fried

You are at the far end of the incubation period for HCV. Almost all people would have developed a positive antibody test by 5-6 months after a true exposure to HCV. It is very unlikely that you contracted HCV from that exposure.



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