What are the chances of hepatitis through needle prick?
My concern now is on Heptatis A B and C ( especially Hepatis C). Am I at risk of these and do I need to test for them particularly for this incident. What is the risk of getting hepatitis ( especially C) from an incident like this.
Possibility of HCV is there,to be ruledout by test
Welcome to HCM
Thanks for posting your query.
It is wiser decision that you had started and completed PEP for HIV.
When your girl friend had HIV unexpectedly, we can not rule out the possibility of she could also be positive for HCV. If she was positive for HCV, then the chance of getting HCV through needle prick is about 1.8%. The prick is by an office needle a solid needle. If it is a hollow bored needle the chances will be a little more.
So it is better to rule out the possibility of HCV, HBV by blood test.
So it does not matter weather if is just the tip of the needle that touched the blood as she pulled her hand once she felt the pain. So can HCV be transmitted that easy by office needle head?
Also, what are the symptoms of hepatitis and when do they occur.
When is the best best time to test for these.
Testing for HCV and HBV is safer.
We might not be sure whether the prick is skin deep or reached the vessel and how infectious.
HCV will manifest with loss of appetite, weakness, nausea, vomiting, vague abdominal discomfort,fever etc. after 6-10 weeks. Test will become positive around 4-8 weeks time. HCV and HBV are more infectious than HIV. But there is every possibility that your girl friend was not at all having HCV. So you need not get anxious unnecessarily.
Testing for HCV and HBV and ruling out is on the safer side.
Just one question. Can I still take Hep B vaccine 6 weeks after exposure or its too late
HBV vaccination useful if not already infected.
It will be helpful for your future if you had not infected already. But don't imagine odd possibilities. You would not have anything serious.
Wish you a great day.
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