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regarding HCV + prick by suture needle
Oct 26, 2013

i have a question regarding the usefulness of getting a viral load test of the hcv+ patient from which i got the prick 2 days back.Is the viral load of patient a determining factor in whether the chances of getting hcv are there or not?

Response from Dr. Taylor

Whether or not the source patient has hepatitis C infection is the key. If the source patient cleared the infection (HCV antibody reactive but HCV RNA by PCR negative), there is no infection that you could have caught. If the HCV RNA is detecable, there is risk (although minimal). The QUANTITY of virus, the level of the source patient's virus, is not important to establish regarding your risk of acquiring hepatitis C from a prick by a solid suture needle.

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