Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried 
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 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried

3 weeks ago I was doing an invasive procedure on a patient, and stuck
myself with a needle.  I didn't draw {*filter*}, but I found out this week
that the patient is hep c antibody positive.  I have been doing lot's of
reading, and incubation periods could be from 2 weeks to 6
months....anyone else go through this???

Please tell me what to expect

thank you



Mon, 04 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried
Maybe flu type symptoms that come and go.

 My personal experinece - after my exposure to HCV, I ran a low-grade
temp for about two weeks beginning I think three weeks to a month after
I had gotten {*filter*} during an opertion.  Then about six months later, I
started with fatigue that has gotten progressively worse over the past
14 years.  I have some bad arthritis and colds really knock me for a
loop.

Everyone is different.  I'm sure you'll want to get {*filter*} tests for
yourself and continue reading.

Just eat right and get plenty of rest to take care of yourself.

Kathy M.

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Mon, 04 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried
Have a {*filter*} test done


Mon, 04 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried

Quote:

> 3 weeks ago I was doing an invasive procedure on a patient, and stuck
> myself with a needle.  I didn't draw {*filter*}, but I found out this week
> that the patient is hep c antibody positive.  I have been doing lot's of
> reading, and incubation periods could be from 2 weeks to 6
> months....anyone else go through this???

> Please tell me what to expect

> thank you

Aloha Mike,

I realize you will, of course, have {*filter*} tests done. In addition to
comments in other posts, I'd like to add that 15-25% of people who do
get hepC spontaneously manage to clear it somehow without going chronic.
It is not well understood at all how this is done, or which folks may
become part of that 15-25%.

My suggestion would be for you to start immediately taking Milk Thistle:
there is very strong evidence it has liver protective properties. I take
900 mg-1200 mg. daily, was diagnosed with HCV early 1990 and am doing
very well with no INF.  

I sincerely hope your {*filter*} tests come back negative, but just in case
they don't, taking Milk Thistle now may just possibly improve your
chances of being in that 15-25% group who clears the virus and doesn't
go chronic.

Please let us know what your resluts are, good energy going your way.

--
Leola, in Hawaii

~~  Keep in mind always the present you are constructing.  It should
be the future you want. ~~

     - Alice Walker



Mon, 04 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried
I read that the incidence of needle sticks actually leading to HCV is quite
low. Sorry I don't have any references to cite but it's something to consider.

Tracy
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Tue, 05 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried
While needle stick is low incidence, if it were to have passed the virus it
would seem that there would be a low number of them to start out the
infection, (lower than a {*filter*} transfusion).  So the number may not increase
to a detectable level for a long period of time resulting in an unknown
"incubation" period.  Symptoms may or may not appear during this unknown
period of time.  It is usually recommended that a person possibly exposed
get tested immediately to rule out previous infection.  Then get tested 6
months and again at 12 months.  I would even consider getting tested every
few years after that, but that may be because of my awareness due to my own
being infected.  Perhaps if I were not, I would consider that over-cautious
and paranoid.  In the meantime only let it concern you enough to remember to
get tested now, in 6 months and 12 months.  Beyond that, do not let it worry
you.


Quote:
> I read that the incidence of needle sticks actually leading to HCV is
quite
> low. Sorry I don't have any references to cite but it's something to
consider.

> Tracy
> delete nospam to e-mail me



Wed, 06 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Please help...recent exposure to hep c...I'm worried

Quote:
>I read that the incidence of needle sticks actually leading to HCV is quite
>low. Sorry I don't have any references to cite but it's something to
>consider.

There was an article on this site about the risk factors of needle sticks. It
was within the last year.
http://www.***.com/
I tried to access the site but they only archive up to 14 days for free, but if
you are interested maybe you could inquire about this article and your cost.
I am a former nurse with HCV, I am not exactly sure if that is where I
contracted HCV because of other risk factors.  I was stuck numerous times, I
also handled {*filter*} and {*filter*} products. Many of my patients were dying of
cirrhosis, we did not have a name for HCV then.  This was all before Universal
Precautions went into effect.  I know many nurses online who also contracted
HCV either by accidental needle sticks or splashes.
I don't want anyone would to think that the chance of exposure is low, exposure
is exposure.  Get tested and then again in 6 months.
Look for the value in yourself, not how others value you.
Take Care and God Bless,
eileen


Sat, 09 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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