|HCV now while working at store...
Jan 4, 2011
I work in a retail store where I come in contact with a lot of people. With that coming in contact with bodily fluids is just given. August of 2010 after I gave blood (I had a blood exposure back in February of 2010 and I tested negative after 16 weeks and the doctors said I could give blood) so after that whole freak out and everything was calming down, a man bled on my countertop. I had cuts on my hands from a desk landing on my hand and cutting my fingers about a week earlier. They were covered and I tried to avoid the blood as much as I could.
Since then I have given blood every two months. Would I know if it's in my blood after giving blood? I talked to a nurse about it when I gave blood the last time (back in December about 3 month later) and she was alittle hesitant with taking my blood. If I had it would I have known by now with the series of tests that they do on blood? Should I go get a test done? I received a blood donor card yesterday in the mail and that made me less worried. Does this mean I should worry about it?
Also I get stick with a lot of hard tags at work and people have a tendency of finding them and little kids poke themselves with it. If I don't see blood on it and if I poke myself with it, but don't draw blood should I not worry about this?
Sorry about the questions, I'm paranoid and had a mental breakdown after the blood spill back in February. My fiancé is worried about me due to the anxiety.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
It sounds as though you were careful not to touch the blood with any open wounds. I would not suggest any further testing.
Also, you are correct in thinking that your blood is very thoroughly tested for HCV. You certainly don't have HCV infection.
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