Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Needlestick Transmission of Hepatitis C
- I recommend a HCV-RNA at 2 wks and then repeat after another 2 wks, to make sure. Also I would give Immunoglobulin iv immediately after exposure, in the past some studies have shown doubtful benefit so why not take that chance.
Dr Sharat Misra MD,DM,FACG
>>>a minimum, HCVantibody and alanine aminotransferase testing should be done within
several days of exposure (to assess if the health care worker is
already infected with HCV) and 6 months after percutaneous, mucosal,
or nonintact skin exposure to blood or infectious body fluids from an
HCV-infected patient. Currently, it is not possible to prevent HCV
infection after exposure. However, recent data suggest that early
treatment of acute HCV infection with interferon may be highly
effective in preventing chronic HCV infection. These data underscore
the importance of identifying persons with acute HCV infection and
promptly referring them to experienced clinicians who can provide
updated counseling and treatment.
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