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Dear All,

I get tested for Anti HCV negative from last 5 years. I have Scalling of my teeth 1 nad half month ago from a very good dentist and also expensive so much in my area.

But i think may be many of drops of other patients from mouth which also include blood on the surgery theater machine or there buttons. Dentist also wear new gloves but his hand also touch to the machine in the clinic.

I am worried by thinking that and get tested right after 36 days after my scalling and test result is negative. But i read on the internet that window period is 3 to 6 months. Now i am worried again feeling depress and many.

Please give me ur suggesstion its too difficult fo wait for 6 months I know if i get tested after 3 months my worry is not gone beause 6 month is in my mind.
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4113881 tn?1415853876
If your that concerned ask for an HCV PCR test.

How soon after exposure to HCV can HCV RNA be detected by PCR?

HCV RNA appears in blood and can be detected as early as 2–3 weeks after infection.

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/hcvfaq.htm
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I am Test by year to year by immunochromatographic screening method
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The "immunochromatographic screening method" tests for HCV antibodies whereas the HCV PCR tests for the actual virus. They are different tests. Its like I said above, HCV RNA appears in blood and can be detected as early as 2–3 weeks after infection whereas HCV antibodies "can be detected by anti-HCV screening tests (enzyme immunoassay) 4–10 weeks after infection. Anti-HCV can be detected in >97% of persons by 6 months after exposure."

Qualitative tests to detect presence or absence of virus (HCV RNA polymerase chain reaction [PCR])

Quantitative tests to detect amount (titer) of virus (HCV RNA PCR)

If you are worried ask your doc for an HCV PCR test.
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I have tested after 5 weeks (36 days) negative what are the chances that the result will be same also after 12 or 24 weeks .

And also please tell me chances to get Hepatitis C virus  from a Dentist. If All their instruments are scrubbed, bagged and then autoclaved at very high temperatures ensuring complete elimination of bacteria.

He also wears new gloves on her hand. Now what are chances that because his hand touched to other things like handle of machines and my teeth as well
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Nobody can predict whether or not you are infected. I strongly advise you to ask for an HCV PCR test which is DIFFERENT than the one you had. Once you have this test it will put your mind at ease.

From what you described, where everything sounds very sterile, it sounds very unlikely that you could have contracted HCV from the dental visit. But I get the feeling that no matter what anybody says, you will be worried so again, please ask for the HCV PCR test so you can find some resolution.



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Which PCR Qualitative or Quantitative
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Ask for the Qualitative
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