Do They Test For Hepatitis C Before Surgery

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U.S. Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines

...Fact Sheet 518 ). Interrupting Treatment A patient may need to interrupt treatment for several reasons: side effects are intolerable, there's a drug interaction, if they run out of any of their medications or if they have surgery scheduled. Treatment interruptions are not recommended in response to treatment failure. ART should only be stopped if your health care provider recommends it. Two large studies showed that people who...
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Hepatitis C testing

I touched blood on a countertop back after a customer left and had wiped it off with a napkin with hand sanitizer on it in February and freaked out because I had a small cut on my hand (from dry skin, the top skin was still there)... it didn't seem...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I think it was okay to test to be conservative, but would have advised that the risk was extremely low. You are all set...I would not follow this up any further. Read more »

Possible exposure during surgery

Hi Dr Bob, I asked this question a few weeks back. I didn't get a response, but I'll give it another try. I'm a third year medical student, and in February I was doing a rotation in general surgery. We had to do a laparascopic cholecystectomy on an...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Michael,Your HIV-acquisition risk from this potential occupational exposure is completely nonexistent. Your instincts and assumptions were correct. Testing is not warranted. Being a third-year medical student and suddenly being confronted with... Read more »

I Haven't Been Answered Yet

Dr. Bob, I'm very sorry to post again; I saw you answered a new slew of questions and mine was not included and I am so unbelievably anxious.Here is my situation: I am a 21 year old in nursing school. During clinicals at a hospital, apparently a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...four weeks ago!) If necessary a source patient can often be rapid HIV tested and/or screened for hepatitis. Follow-up HIV and hepatitis C testing for the healthcare worker could be arranged if warranted. Even though it's four weeks overdue, I... Read more »

Hep C Testing

I am a nurse who was exposed to a tuberculin syringe needle stick in march of 2010. The source patient came back negative for hep c and I was also negative, however no further testing was indicated. I was talking to someone else though who works...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...admitted with a diagnosis of acute hepatitis, yes I would certainly get retested. If the patient came in for elective heart surgery, that would be another story. Regardless, the test is very inexpensive....retesting may relieve your mind if this... Read more »
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

What I Need to Know About Hepatitis C

...a tiny piece of liver, which is then looked at with a microscope. How is hepatitis C treated? Blood is drawn for hepatitis C testing. Hepatitis C is not treated unless it becomes chronic. Chronic hepatitis C is treated with drugs... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado: Bail Denied for Surgery Technician in Hepatitis C Scare

...being discovered in an operating room where she was not assigned. From May 4 until June 29, she worked at Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center in Colorado Springs. The woman tested positive for hepatitis C before beginning work at Rose, but she... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

What Do I Need To Know About Hepatitis C?

...stools. Yellowish eyes and skin. If you have symptoms, or think you might have hepatitis C, go to a doctor. What Are the Tests for Hepatitis C?   The doctor will take some blood to check for   hepatitis C. To check... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

What Is Hepatitis C? How Is It Diagnosed? How Is Hep C Treated? Can Hep C Be Prevented? Hep C and HIV Together The Bottom Line What Is Hepatitis C? The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause liver damage. HCV is transmitted by... Read more »
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