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hcv worried!!!!!
Feb 20, 2010

I am a recently graduated dentist from Brazil, Patients dont usually tell you their sickness when they come in the clinic. I just rescently had some one tell me he was hcv positive. and I got freaked out, I took every single precaution taken, goggles ect, mask cap, gown.... i did not get any needle stick or direct exposure to any of his body fluids, but a little bit of acrylic that had been in is mouth, fell in a uncovered part of my arm, and stuck between my hairs, it had previously been rinsed with bleach... I also felt a little fell in my eye, but that i think was my imagination, for i had goggles on.... and i checked, and what i had in my eye was that little serum in the corner of my eye, as it was a very early patient... ever since ive seen that patient ive been worried.... what are my chances of having contracted HCV

Response from Dr. McGovern

HCV is transmitted with blood to blood exposures. I would not be concerned with your exposure.

Also, if you are a health care provider, you should use universal precautions with each patient since sometimes patients themselves are not aware of any infection they may have.



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