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Possibility of exposure

Do you think a single homosexual exposure could lead to HCV infection? What if we consider 1) wounds from acne on the shoulders, not bleeding but wounds 2) previously infection of hsv ii, non outburst during the exposure.
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683231 tn?1467323017
Does your partner have hep c?

Did your partners blood enter your blood stream through an open wet wound?

If not then no
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I dont know his status. For the second i don't think so,  but it was dark so i don't know v really.
683231 tn?1467323017
Was there anyone actively bleeding? Did you have any open wet weeping wounds?

Hep c requires blood to blood contact for transmission it is a blood borne virus. Even in the case where a health care worker experiences an accidental needle stick involving a patient with known hep c the odds of transmission are only about 1.8%

If concerned wait 12 weeks and have an antibody test then you will know. Or you could ask your partner and that will end your questions.
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I had a anti-hvc test at 34 days. But as far as i read isnt conclusive at all, right?
Antibodies to HCV can be detected in the blood, usually within two or three months after the virus enters the body.

However, for those infected with HIV the virus that causes AIDS or if they otherwise have a compromised immune system it can take as log as 6 months for antibodies to develop.

So yes a test at 34 days was likely a waste of time. It takes time for your immune system time to create enough antibodies for a valid test.
683231 tn?1467323017
Some information from the CDC

How is Hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.

People can become infected with the Hepatitis C virus during such activities as:

*Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs
*Needlestick injuries in health care settings
*Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C

Less commonly, a person can also get Hepatitis C virus infection through:

*Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
*Having sexual contact with a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus

Can Hepatitis C be spread through sexual contact?

Yes, but the risk of transmission from sexual contact is believed to be low. The risk increases for those who have multiple sex partners, have a sexually transmitted disease, engage in rough sex, or are infected with HIV. More research is needed to better understand how and when Hepatitis C can be spread through sexual contact.
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Thank for you answer. I do understand that my test is non conclusive. What concerns me is that i had it when the lab doc says me that "if it has passed a month you can do it". So considering this false suggestion im wondering about lab reliability in general.
- i had an HIV 4th gen and it was negative. It is possible HCV infection affect the test? If i doubt and for my hiv- status im think I'm going mad.
Having HIV effects the hep c test in that you immune system is compromised so it will take longer for you body to create antibodies to the hep c virus.

I doubt you have hep c but if you feel you need to test wait at least 3 months after your contact and test.

The people in labs are not doctors they are lab technicians.
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