Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
Avatar universal

Can I get HCV or even More HBV?

I have chronic  HBV which I have been monitoring with my doctor.
Recently, I had fever and flu and I went to the hospital.

The Nurse injected me with antibiotics, and kept the bloody syringe into a metal plate which I am sure they often use.
My blood poured on the metal plate from the used syringe, and she took a cotton wool, cleaned off my blood from the metal plate and use the same cotton wool to clean my needle wound.

I am assuming the metal plate may contain other people's dried blood from previous injections.

Could I get HCV or even HBV from that exposure?
I am worried sick.
3 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
683231 tn?1467323017
You said you have HBV so nothing to catch you are already infected.

Hep c is a blood borne virus. Hepatitis c infected blood must enter your bloodstream through an open wound.

To put this in perspective, in the case where a health care worker should experience a needle stick involving a patient with known hep c the odds of transmission are only about 1.8%

Not sure how you would have blood pouring onto the metal tray after receiving an injection. You should bleed very little from the injection site and no large amount of blood should be in the needle just perhaps a small trace.

Very much doubt you are at any risk for hep c.

Helpful - 0
2 Comments
There was a small amount of blood in the syringe, and she already removed the needle since I was getting two injections  anyway, so when she dropped the  needle-less syringe in the bowl, the blood splattered on the bowl which she cleaned with a cotton wool and applied on my needle wound.

This is a Third World country . It's possible the metal bowl have not been cleaned previously.
If you’re concerned wait 12 weeks get tested for hepatitis c antibodies. There is no way to quantify your risk except to say it is likely much less than the accidental needle stick risk scenario of less than 1.8%
683231 tn?1467323017
Just to add antibiotics are not used to treat the flu.

Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials, are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. They include a range of powerful drugs and are used to treat diseases caused by bacteria. Antibiotics cannot treat viral infections, such as cold, flu, and most coughs.
Helpful - 0
2 Comments
I am a bit unclear as to this comment, so I read the posters' question again.  He did not say the antibiotic was for his flu. For all we know, he might have had an opportunistic bacterial infection or because he was compromised from HBV it is prophylactic as he is being monitored for the hep b.
He said he had fever and flu so went to the hospital. Of course he did not mention what he was eventually diagnosed with that they decided to treat him with antibiotics.
Avatar universal
Things like these happen even in the good USA.  I had one tech wipe the skin with alcohol swab and then use her finger to palpate for the vein. Same gloved hand used to move things around in the tray! Yes, I would worry too.  Even though anything is possible, it is not probable that HCV was transmitted.  Before we learned more about HCV transmission we heard cases like the firefighter who got infected through the eyes after a victim expelled bloody vomit on his face.  Again, is highly unlikely you got anything but consult with your physician and get tested if he agrees.  There could be other diseases on that tray, not just hep b or c.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Hepatitis C Community

Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1473358451
DC
683231 tn?1467323017
Auburn, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Answer a few simple questions about your Hep C treatment journey.

Those who qualify may receive up to $100 for their time.
Explore More In Our Hep C Learning Center
image description
Learn about this treatable virus.
image description
Getting tested for this viral infection.
image description
3 key steps to getting on treatment.
image description
4 steps to getting on therapy.
image description
What you need to know about Hep C drugs.
image description
How the drugs might affect you.
image description
These tips may up your chances of a cure.
Popular Resources
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.
Herpes spreads by oral, vaginal and anal sex.
STIs are the most common cause of genital sores.
Condoms are the most effective way to prevent HIV and STDs.
PrEP is used by people with high risk to prevent HIV infection.
Can I get HIV from surfaces, like toilet seats?