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HEPATITIS C
Dec 22, 2011

Doctor I accidentally pricked myself today,November 24,2011 with a needle used by a patient having hepatitis C,her laboratory result is HCV-Ab Positive 42.51.the first thing I did was to pressed my finger until blood came out and I washed and soaked it with povidone iodine.After 25mins.they extract a blood from me and sent in other hospital for HCV-Ab,HBs-Ag and HIV 1 and 11-Ab-Ag Combi.The result for my HCV-Ab Negative 0.353, HBs-Ag Non-Reactive 0.732, HIV 1 & 11-Ab-Ag combi Non-Reactive o.534.Doctora I don't know what to do right even that is the result for the blood test from me my patient is still HCV positive I am very worried that it may transfer to me.What will I do? Any medication that I can take so that I can not acquire that hepa c from my patient.what will I do now doctora? PLEASE DOCTORA I NEED YOUR HELP.God bless you.

Response from Dr. McGovern

You are correct that you have a chance - a low chance - of being infected.

You will be followed serially over time with liver function testing and perhaps an HCV RNA at some point with your employee health service.

The good thing to realize is that you know what occurred and you will be followed closely. IF you do get infected, you will start treatment quickly and you will most likely be cured because it is so early in infection.

However, I would definitely NOT expose you to a toxic treatment unless I KNEW you were infected. As chances are on your side. Just be sure to get good follow-up



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