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hepatitis c occupational exposure
May 1, 2010

I am a HCW and was talking to a HCV positive patient and he spit in my eye. My initial hepc antibody test was negative. I had the qualitative RNA at 4 weeks post exposure and it was undetected. Do I have Hepatitis C? Do I need further testing?

Response from Dr. McGovern

You should get guidance from your employer as to their specific protocols for testing.

HOwever, I will comment that that the risk of HCV is incredibly small from this exposure.



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