|hiv and hepc coinfection
Jan 1, 2005
dear doc, i am an health care worker and its 3 months now that i got a prick from an terminally ill hepc and hiv coinfected person.if my ab test now says neg for hepc is it100% accurate.i understand that hiv ab test especially with hepc co infection takes atleast 9 months to be safe. should i go ahead and get a pcr test for both even if my hepc ab is negative.i am waiting my results in 2 days--that is ab tests. is it ok to assume that since hep c has amore chances of being infectious 7% than hiv1/300 --that once the hepc ab test which is accurate at 3 months is neg ;chances of hiv will be negative[as i had a prick from the same needle]. my whole problem is that 9 months is too long to wait for hiv ab test as my wife wishes to plan her pregnancy.ab tests are done routinely by hospital freely.i do not know if a doc could order for pcr[which is better rna or dna] please answer this thankyou.
Response from Dr. McGovern
If your hepatitis C antibody test was negative at 3 months, that is good news since the majority of times it would be positive by now. You did not specify at which point your second set of test results are due - but I will assume that these are the six month tests. If these are negative, I would not worry further about HCV testing. If you are still anxious you can discuss HCV RNA testing, but I think this would be very low yield.
Post Hep B Test
I want to have a baby.
- Odds Of Getting HIV Unprotected Oral Sex Without Ejaculation
- Does HIV Cause Black Spots?
- Can You Get HIV From Touching A Bloody Scab?
- Tingling In Feet After Mutual Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After French Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- Can Vaginal Prolapse Cause Low Back Pain?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.