DON'T PANIC. (Sorry, I just love that line.) But seriously, you're getting yourself all worked up and the likelihood of your having just contracted the virus is itsy, bitsy small.
As for being tested . . . you can check google. What I found was that somewhere between three and twelve weeks after exposure antibodies will show up if there are there.
Agree with GreatBird and hope your mom is being monitored by a hepatologist. Liver disease is associated with hepc and typically advances slowly but anyone with hepc who has not treated should have regular blood tests and a liver biopsy.
It’s possible to detect antibodies for Hep C (HCV) as soon as 30 days post-exposure, but it’s best to wait 90 days before testing.
The situation you describe carries a very remote possibility of infection; I really wouldn’t worry to much about it, but better to get checked just to make certain. In the heath care profession, transmission from needle-stick exposure is only about 2-10% per incident; the likelihood of infection from the situation you describe is nearly nil.
Take care, and good luck—
remote chance and call me compulsive but id see a liver specialist and test for antibodies, AND viral load with sensitive pcr AND liver enzymes starting in two weeks
in the remote chance its picked very early u may only need a few shots of peg to squash it but that call needs to be made by a hepatologist
Ok your compulsive.........
needlesticks are routinely tested quite early Soooo if you plan on testing anyway y wait and do it half a*s. if u dont think testing is necessary then thats another story
I have no problem with getting tested, i do feel a toothbrush and no bleeding the odds are very slim. After 30 years of being married and 2 sons i'm sure at some time things must of happened... But all is well
BTW you said "call me compulsive", so i did. :)
cdm: BTW you said "call me compulsive", so i did. :)
Thanks for listening :)
Chances are very slim but, there is that small (very small) possibility.
I have been married for 25+ years and probably had HCV the entire time.
I am not much of a morning person and God only knows how many times I have used my wife’s toothbrush. She is negative.
If you are frightened over the fact that you may have been exposed, get tested. It will be the only thing that will bring you peace of mind.
In the future, be more careful.
Please do not be paranoid around your mother. She will be able to sense it and will only add to the emotional turmoil she is going through.
She needs you to be supportive and not afraid of her
well don't panic but do get tested, both you and your mother will rest easier knowing.
I have had it 30 years, my son doesn't nor does my husband of ten years...but I couldn't sleep until I had them tested. The worry was not worth it...better to know, whether it's good or bad news.
If you test positive you will still need to do a PCR and RNA test to determine if you actually have the disease. With very low exposure you may test positive, but have actually cleared the virus on your own as 15-30% of cases do spontaneously clear.
Also, unless she bled, and you had open sores in your mouth at the time you used the brush the liklihood of transmission would be almost nil.
so have a happy, worry free thankgiving, and then get tested so you can rest easiest.
You also need a definite answer so that you don't inadvertantly pass this to your own loved ones or children, God forbid.
That's one way to maybe approach your mother about it without offending her...is to say, for your own peace of mind, and also not to yourself be spreading it, you want to be tested again.
you really do need to relax though because A it sound like your risk was very low, and B. it will take 3-6 months depending on which study you read before you would test positive if you were exposed....after which it would take more weeks to see if you might spontaneously clear....so you will have to learn a little patience will all this or you will go crazy. One day at a time..
A prayer for your peace.
Hello, I just wanted to thank everyone for all the advice and peace of mind you have given me. I really appreciate it. Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving...enjoy the left overs!
It is never unwise to confer with your physician but you chances of getting HepC, unless both you and your mom have bleeding mouthsores, are about as easy as getting run over by a bus in Russia while being in Arizona. HepC is a blood borne pathenogen. You can drink from your moms glass, eat from her fork and butter your toast using her butter knife. The recommendatation that we don't share toothbrushes,razors and nailclippers is because if we do nick ourselve and cause ourselves to bleed we may forget to rinse these articles enough and leave BLOOD residue, which dries and leaves a live active virus antigen on them. Again it never hurts to confer with your physician but don't give yourself an ulcer worrying and remember it is very very rare to find a Russian bus in Arizona.
Although these answers are 7 years old. But thanx to all of you. Today morning i get to know that my husband brush is mistakenly share by my father because we live in a joint family system. By reading all replys i am 90% satisfy and relax too. But hence i wanna discuss this with dr. If anyone still do help me. It will b very much appreciated. Thank u all