Mar 18, 2001
I had a possible exposure to HBV/HIV/HCV through a syringe that was possibly unclean. I flushed it with hot water from the tap 4X. I have tested negative for all at 9 days then negative for all at 37 days. I will be re-tested again after 6 months. My question is; what are the chances of becoming HBV positive? I have had no symptoms, but someone close (unprotected sex no ejacalation x1) had a flu with vomiting, no fever. I am extremely frightened for them.. please respond.
Response from Dr. Dieterich
From a needle stick the chances of infection are approximately 30% for hepatitis B, 3% for hepatitis C and .3% for HIV. There are no data for sexual exposures. Washing the needle is not a good idea, do not share! Stay safe! DTD
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