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What are the risk factor of contracting hepatitis c ?
Dec 3, 2006

I work in the O.R. and I punctured myself with a clean needle through my contaminated gloves. I recently change my gloves but i'm not sure if there is blood on my fingertips. Lets say if there is. What are the risk of contracting it? Can I contract it even though the needle is clean through my contamined gloves? I have double gloves and I squeezed my finger and pour alcohol and betadine solution. Also, the puncture is superficial. Please answer my question.

Response from Dr. McGovern

The risk sounds extremely minimal.

However, any health care worker with a potential work-related exposure to any infectious disease needs baseline testing and counseling for YOUR OWN PROTECTION. Do not wait on these events.



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