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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23039

Hi,I went for physical examination and chest x-ray as required for our job,they sent me to hospital ward where mostly hepatitis C patients come for xray and ultrsound and there is 1 suit(greensuit) for patient to wear and lie on bed as according to their rule , so I wore that green gown wore by every hepatitis patient there it was dirty and at that time I also popped my pimple and touched the blood on my face and have pimples all over back also is their any chance of transmission help thanks?
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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23043

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Jonathon,

The only way to know whether or not one has Hep C is through a blood test. One can certainly become infected through coming into contact with HCV infected blood. Basically the Hepatitis C virus must be able to enter ones bloodstream in order for one to become infected.

An opening in the skin like a popped pimple is one way the virus (if present) could possibly enter the bloodstream. It normally isn't likely that one would get Hep C from a hospital gown. However if the robe is contaminated with HCV infected blood products, and someone wearing that robe has a cut or an open lesion, the opportunity for an infection to occur certainly exists.

There are 1,000+ ways one can come into contact with Hep C. Some of the obvious ways are needle sticks, and medical ignorance, errors, or negligence (i.e. giving patients a dirty robe). I suspect these occurrences represent only a fraction of new infections though.

Anyone who has had a haircut with non-sterile implements, been cut by a barbers non-sterile razor, used someone else's razor, has had a manicure or pedicure with non-sterile instruments, had a tattoo with non-sterile instruments, has had dental work done with non-sterile instruments, inadvertently used someone else's toothbrush, been in a schoolyard fight, given or received a 'snotty', applied a bandage to a friends cut, the list goes on and on - is at risk for infection. So, unless they have grown up in a sterile bubble, virtually everyone has been at risk of infection with Hep C at one time or another in their lifetimes.

The fact that some of us get it and others don't is really just the luck of the draw.

Any of us at any time can become infected, or re-infected.

Most people have no idea they're infected until a blood test reveals HCV infection, or abnormalities which lead to further testing (this is how I learned I was infected).

No one understands your concerns better than those of us who have been infected with Hep C. My best advice is to talk to your GP and get a blood test. There is literally no other way to know.

Note: I am not a physician, and this is not the opinion of a physician. I am a former Hep C patient who became infected through unknown means.
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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23048

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Jonathon,

The only way to know whether or not one has Hep C is through a blood test. One can certainly become infected through coming into contact with HCV infected blood. Basically the Hepatitis C virus must be able to enter ones bloodstream in order for one to become infected.

An opening in the skin like a popped pimple is one way the virus (if present) could possibly enter the bloodstream. It normally isn't likely that one would get Hep C from a hospital gown. However if the robe is contaminated with HCV infected blood products, and someone wearing that robe has a cut or an open lesion, the opportunity for an infection to occur certainly exists.

There are 1,000+ ways one can come into contact with Hep C. Some of the obvious ways are needle sticks, and medical ignorance, errors, or negligence (i.e. giving patients a dirty robe). I suspect these occurrences represent only a fraction of new infections though.

Anyone who has had a haircut with non-sterile implements, been cut by a barbers non-sterile razor, used someone else's razor, has had a manicure or pedicure with non-sterile instruments, had a tattoo with non-sterile instruments, has had dental work done with non-sterile instruments, inadvertently used someone else's toothbrush, been in a schoolyard fight, given or received a 'snotty', applied a bandage to a friends cut, the list goes on and on - is at risk for infection. So, unless they have grown up in a sterile bubble, virtually everyone has been at risk of infection with Hep C at one time or another in their lifetimes.

The fact that some of us get it and others don't is really just the luck of the draw.

Any of us at any time can become infected, or re-infected.

Most people have no idea they're infected until a blood test reveals HCV infection, or abnormalities which lead to further testing (this is how I learned I was infected).

No one understands your concerns better than those of us who have been infected with Hep C. My best advice is to talk to your GP and get a blood test. There is literally no other way to know.

Note: I am not a physician, and this is not the opinion of a physician. I am a former Hep C patient who became infected through unknown means.





Thanks alot for your kind reply brother , from all the research I did , I finally conclude that I am at same chance of getting hepatitis through patients robe as through the public bathroom, because any one can infected but the medical setting in which I was there was probably a slight to moderate more chance to get infected its my belief brother , because it was not the new york's hospital it was at some other city and hospital was dirty as hell and all patients who were there were those who had STD including HIV + Hep C virus and were almost on last stage , yes I am bad I should have argued on robe with the doctors there but what happened it did , my face was continually bleeding from my 100 pimples on face and also on my back there was large pimple gown was dirty like garbadge , please elaborate more otherwise my life has became shit , I can't wait 6 months in tension , help if you can further brother , and Thanks alot for your reply
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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23051

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Hi Jonathan,

Eventhough its for healthcare personnel, i think it helps in your case!
www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/pdfs/testing-follo...-hc-personnel-3d.pdf
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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23053

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Hi Jonathon,

Most people with HCV spend a great deal of time worrying about the risks of passing it on to our loved ones, friends and others so we are well aware of your concerns but the actual risk in many situations is very low as shown by the high proportion of people here whose partners and children, etc. aren't infected despite living together for many, many years prior to diagnosis.

The risk directly relates to HCV infected blood entering your bloodstream and even then it is fairly low unless larger quantities are involved. For example the statistics show that the risk of a "needle stick" injury to a healthcare worker from a known HCV infected patient causing infection is in the order of 1.8%.

Your potential risk appears to be from your bleeding pimples and as such seems low but I can understand your ongoing concern at the very slight risk of infection. As well as reading the link Hieupham has kindly provided above, if you are still worried I would recommend that you discuss this further with your own doctor who will be able to assess and answer any concerns you have and also provide any testing should you or he think it necessary.
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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23056

Thanks for your reply but unfortunately I am not is US and on permit visa I am working elsewhere and 48 hours have been passed and even here is no prophylaxis facility :( waiting for tests is now only option.
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Have I got hepatitis? 1 year 4 months ago #23057

@gaj . Thanks alot for you reply , actually the thing which is making me concerned is that robe (gown) was wore by every patient there and almost 10-12 patients come daily who have hiv as well as hep c and stds however, that gown had no blood but was dirty and my back has white pus pimples . This only bothers me and make me feel worry . Any help will be appreciated thnks
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