I had a needlestick accident 2 days ago, The source being a health care worker and I'm scared if he has any of the following infections hepatitis b or c or even HIV. HBIG seems to be very costly for me. Please advice me if I go in for Hepatitis screening now will the result be correct.
It is unlikely that health care workers would be positive for any communicable diseases and still be in duties associated with patient care.
It is more likely that you are acting out of fear and paranoia.
The window period / Incubation period for specific STDs are as follows: - â
â1. Gonorrhea - usually 2 to 7 days after the exposure.â
â2. Chlamydia - usually 2 to 6 weeks, but can be longer.â
â3. Syphilis - usually 10 to 90 days.â
â4. HIV - usually 4 weeks to 3 months, but rarely could be up to 6 months.â
â5. Hepatitis A - 15 to 50 days.â
â6. Hepatitis B - usually 45-180 days, with an average of 60 to 90 days.â
â7. Hepatitis C - ranges from 2 weeks to 26 weeks or 6 months - commonly, 6 to 9 weeks.â
Testing for specific conditions should be done only after waiting for the above mentioned periods. Testing before them can be done to clear your anxiety, but the results may not be valid, and you may need to retest, at a later date.
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