Nov 23, 2011
Why is it that needle stick injuries(deep ones) are recommended to test out to 6 months, and in some guidelines out to 12 months? I would think that an exposure is an exposure regardless of the route, so wouldn't 3 months be just as sufficient?
Response from Mr. Cordova
Needle stick injuries require testing further out because of the risk of exposure to Hepatitis (HCV). Three months would not be sufficient enough of a time period to test for HCV.
HCV and HIV can both be passed during a needle stick injury, where as HCV is not as easily passed during other routes of exposure. I hope this helps.
In health, Richard
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