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Blood Test Hep C Exposure Worry

I was getting a blood test done and I am worried about something the nurse did that may have exposed me to hep c or some other infectious disease. Before drawing my blood, she was getting my paper work in order. The papers touched the inside of the lid of the sharps container (the lid was wedged open since it had a panel in the opening where you would insert the sharps). She grabbed the part of the paper that had touched the sharps container with her bare hands and then proceeded to put on her gloves, grab the gauze and palpitate my veins to start the blood draw. When she had put on her gloves she grabbed the fingers of the gloves with the same hand that had handled the paper. I am worried about possible HCV contamination from the paper to her bare hands to the gloves as a result of touching the inner lid of the sharps container. She was touching my skin at the puncture site with her gloves before inserting the needle and also handled the gauze used to cover the wound. While I did not see any blood on the paper, her hands or the gloves, I am not sure if there is any risk. I have read that HCV can remain infectious for weeks on surfaces, even in small quantities so I am worried there is a chance of infection.
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683231 tn?1467326617
Hep c is not easily contracted I am reasonably confident you are not at risk. I am not a medical professional for a more informed response please ask your doctor.

If you are concerned wait 12 weeks to be tested for hep c antibodies.

But I sincerely doubt you are at any risk from what you have described.
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