|HCV Occupational Exposure through a small abrasion?
Oct 22, 2007
I recently had an occupational exposure (Corrections Officer)to someone who tested postive for HCV. I suffered a small abrasion (about the size of or smaller than a dime) on my elbow. I just scraped the epidermis, and there was no bleeding, just reddish/pinkish raw skin. Much like a small rug burn. I don't know for sure if blood contacted the abrasion, however I immediatley cleaned it with soap and water and had a baseline blood draw to begin testing. What are the odds of contracting HCV, even if the subject's blood made contact with the abrasion?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Since you did not have any active bleeding yourself, I suspect the risk is very very low. However, I commend you on getting tested at baseline, since all workers who are hurt on the job should get tested for your own protection.
You should have received hepatitis B vaccine - if not you should request it.
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