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I was withdrawing insulin from an insulin pen when a pricked

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I was withdrawing insulin from an insulin pen when a pricked my finger. There was no blood seen, and I was wearing gloves. Howver, since the insulinn pen had been previously used by the patient I had to be tested, as well as, the patient. The patient's lab work showed they were hep c positive. My immediate test were negative, and I will have to go back in 6wks to get tested gain. What is my probability that I have cintracted hep c through this way.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.


Thanks for your question.

Your anxiety is understandable.

the risk of hepatitis c transmission from a contaminated needle is around 1.8 percent.

hence, the risk is very low.

but, your 6 week test is still needed.

A HCV RNA quantitative tests should be sent.

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