A few days a go, i snort cocaine sharing a straw, I did not know this could be a risk. Í am not a regular user, and I Did a test of HEP C a year ago (for other deseases a mounth ago including STDs). I´ve been looking at comments on the internet and also Doctor Hook and Hansfield point of view. They are not in favor of getting tested. They recommend not to test, as it´s a theorical risk.
But the truth is that there is a huge discrepancy about this risk. A laboratory and a Doctor I visited also told me there were no risk at all. They feel it´s necessary to use intravenous drugs.
It´s an issued not adequately studied.
In your opinion what should I do?
Should i get tested?
In freedomhealth you offer PCR test at seven days with 99 % of accuracy. In this Laboratory I have access to PCR ARN cualitative for VIH and HEP C. They have a viral amplification Nasba with a measuring of 10-10.000.000 copies ml, and performed with nuclisens easyQ.
You recommend to test at 7-10 days. I can wait some more time if you recommend, but i Would not like to wait the three months required for HEP C antibodies.
I know Hep C is the theorical realy concern.
When sould I test to be absolutly sure with this technical?
And should I test for something else?
Thank you fro your post and welcome to our forum.
In a situation like the one described, the risk of Hepatitis C infection is possible, but mainly theoretical. Firstly one of the individuals you were sharing the cocaine with would have to have Hepatitis C, and would have had to have bled before you used the straw. Therefore all of this is highly unlikely to have happened, especially not knowing the status of the other people and Hepatitis C is relatively rare.
Bearing all this in mind, I do not believe that you need to get tested, and the only justification for a test would be for your peace of mind. Doing the PCR RNA is possibly an overreaction under these circumstances. However if you want to go ahead, the PCR RNA test has a high level of reliability at 10 days.
Adding something to your comment I think it would also be neccesary for me to have an open wound, and I have no bleeding. As you say even even being a theorical, the chances are minimal so as not to get tested.
This issue is quite controversial as I have seen in the forums. Maybe that´s the reason that people often overreact and I decided to ask a expert.
If I decide I will Comunicate test results. I Will just make hep C as you said nothing about other diseases. So I undestand there is no theorical risk for others.
Hello Dr Jose,
I recently got involved with a 53 year old man, and he has been tested for all the STDs and they are all negative. However he was not tested for Hep C. He has never had a blood transfusion nor ever injected drugs. The only drug he has ever done is cocaine and that was a long time ago. I am wondering if a woman is able to contract Hep C from a man performing oral sex in her and from french kissing? I dont wish to worry for no reason so your thoughts on this is appreciated....thank you.
I posted an earlier comment for you regarding the risk of transmission of hep c by french kissing and having a man perform oral sex on a woman. I am considering getting a pcr test done but I am wondering how long I should wait before being tested as I don't seem to be able to stop worrying about this...please help....thank you
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