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What are the after effects of a needle stick injury?

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Posted on Tue, 8 Dec 2015
Question: Had a needle stick injury last year (subq) at nursing home. This year got tested for antihcv of .79 non reactive. Will this change or increase even if i dont have any exposure? Not sexual active.
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Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No it will not change ma'am, you are safe :)

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. No ma'am, do not worry, this will not change so there is no need to worry as the incident took place last year and you were tested this year, which gives you a long enough period to react, and if at all you did have the infection the reading would be much higher; as it is not, there is no need to worry at all.

I hope this helps. Please rest assured and do not hesitate to write to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shoaib Khan (5 minutes later)
Is it same with Anti HIV .24 same normal range with Anti HCV? What does the numbers mean?

I got worried because on my antihcv .79 is closer to the borderline.
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Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The value in your case does not matter ma'am :)

Detailed Answer:
Hi ma'am.

Hepatitis C and hepatitis A were tested together, and all your values fall under the non-reactive (negative/not present) range, which means you are free from those infections.

Even if your values fell under the borderline values, that also does not confirm the presence of an infection, but in fact warrants another investigation. Your numbers being close to the borderline does not hold any value, and it still falls under non-reactive which means you are free from that infection.

I would also like to say that a value of 0.73 is not really that close to the borderline, and I have even had a male patient who returned a result of 0.87 and yet was not positive with the infection. One repeated investigations his result was around 0.7, but just so you know, a non-reactive result clears you of the infection, irrespective of what the value is, so don't worry. :)

Best wishes.
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What are the after effects of a needle stick injury?

Brief Answer: No it will not change ma'am, you are safe :) Detailed Answer: Hello ma'am and welcome. Thank you for writing to us. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. No ma'am, do not worry, this will not change so there is no need to worry as the incident took place last year and you were tested this year, which gives you a long enough period to react, and if at all you did have the infection the reading would be much higher; as it is not, there is no need to worry at all. I hope this helps. Please rest assured and do not hesitate to write to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help. Best wishes.