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Pricked myself with pin. Odds of contracting Hepatitis C virus?

Dear Dr., Recently i got prickled myself with a common pin that my tailor used to keep intact my order number with my dress and i also bled. I am a regular reader of this site and I know that this incident doesn t pose any risk regarding HIV as the virus is very fragile and takes minutes to die outside of a human body . I am also vaccinated with hepatitis B . However, research says that Hepatitis C virus can take 4 days to die. So if i assume that my tailor was Hepatitis C positive and he also prickled himself and the same needle prickled me after prickling the tailor, what are my odds to contract the virus? Is it a matter of concern for me? Your valuable guidance in this regard will be highly appreciated. Adn from Pakistan
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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There is always a risk of contracting virus if the needle is contaminated. There is no way to prove if the needle is contaminated or not just by looking at it. If you are really worried (that's what we follow when we get needle stick injury in hospital setting) -- tailor should undergo blood test for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Answered: Tue, 23 Oct 2012
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