Hey guys. Over 7 months ago I had protected sex with a prostitute of unknown status who appeared to have been mentruating (not sure). A few days ago I got tested for both HIV and HCV antibodies and they were both negative. Can I accept these results as conclusive? I was ready to move on but I started reading stuff about coinfection and how that can delay the window period for both viruses. Do you guys think I should get tested again? Or are these results 6+ months post exposure enough?
Thanks for the prompt advice. I forgot to stay that 3 months after my possible exposure I got a full STD panel (Hep B included) and that came out negative as well. Do you still think that I need to get tested for that again? I was just concerned with HIV and HCV cos I heard that the window period might be as long as 6 months when coinfection occurs.
The reason I got tested the 1st time around (3 months post exposure) was because a girl that I was dating at the same time tested positive for Hep C antibodies (but neg. for the virus). So I got really scared thinking that I was the one who gave Hep C to her. My results were neg. but I wanted to make sure that I wasn't the person she got it from so I decided to take another test at 7 months. Which brings me to another concern of mine...
The girl I was dating swore that she had never injected needles or anything like that. She's had unprotected sex before but she denied ever doing anything that would put her at considerable risk for HCV. Do you think it's possible that I was the one who gave her Hep C even though I've tested negative for HCV antibodies at 3 months AND 7 months post exposure? This is why I'm so worried about HCV / HIV coinfection cos I heard so many stories about the two viruses extending each other's window periods. I did an HIV PCR DNA test almost 2 months after my encounter with the prostitute and that came out negative. Do you still think I don't need anymore testing?
I just wanted to add, it looks like your friend got HCV at a certain time in her life and cleared it herself, as ca 35% of people do. She could have gotten it any other way, than through needles. Any one born before 1991/92, could have gotten it from blood transfusions or gamma globulin shots. Any serums made from blood before 1991/92 could have been infected with HCV, because they were not able to screen the blood for it before that. Some people are even born with it, because their mothers had it. Tattoo parlors, piercings, even the dentist or a lab.
She actually did have a RIBA test and then some other confirmatory test (that looks for the virus) and I think they all confirmed that she was indeed infected with Hep C at one time or another. I'm just worried that maybe a possible HIV infection is preventing my body from producing Hep C antibodies fast enough. So I guess you're saying that this isn't possible and that my Hep C / HIV antibody test @ post 6 months exposure is definite proof that I didn't pass it on to my friend?
She did have a positive RIBA test but a negative PCR test. So I guess that means she doesn't have an active infection. Yeah I know I am becoming a worried well. I guess I just have to try and move on. She must have gotten it from somewhere else. Thanks for the advice.
I am a 23 year old who was diagnosed with crohn's disease and ulcerated colitis 2 years ago. I am a nurse and do a lot of immunizations. I could have possibly been exposed to a hep c positive patient after doing a sub q injection with gloves on. I immediately applied alcohol to my finger and then washed with soap and water.. I got tested 7 and a half months after possible exposure but i was wondering if this was enough time to get tested after possible exposure since i do have these diseases. cronhn's disease is an auto immune disorder but it's not like i'm sick all the time other than allergies and the common colds... Should i be re tested again?
Immunocompromised individuals can experience delayed seroconversion of HCV antibodies. I’m personally unfamiliar with Chron’s; the rate of percutaneous needlestick transmission for HCV among health care workers is low, however:
Needle stick Risk for Occupational Transmission of HCV
HCV is not transmitted efficiently through occupational exposures to blood. The average incidence of anti-HCV seroconversion after accidental percutaneous exposure from an HCV-positive source is 1.8% (range: 0%--7%) (73--76), with one study indicating that transmission occurred only from hollow-bore needles compared with other sharps (75).
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