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Hepatitis C doubts

1. Can i get Hep C from a hand job?
2. What is the recommended window period for testing
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1. No. Hep c is a blood borne virus. Hep c infected blood must enter the blood stream of an uninfected person.

2. If your immune system is not compromised like if you have a current HIV infection or are taking immune suppressants for example you have had an organ transplant, the antibody test will be able to be performed 12 weeks after a concerning exposure to anticipate reliable results. In you are immune compromised it could take as long as 6 months for enough antibodies to develop to detectable levels.
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i am not immune compromised
given above scenario do i need testing - exposure was massage with happy ending or hand job
is a anti - HCV test at 12 weeks conclusive , when they say 12 weeks is this after 12 weeks - 84 days or is it ok if i test on 84th day - 12 week end
Was there a way hepatitis c infected blood could have entered you blood stream like through a fresh wet open injury or did you share IV drug needles?

Manual or oral  stimulation is not a known means of transmission.

If you did not have a situation where you were in contact with hepatitis c infected blood you are not at risk.

Most common methods of transmission are having a blood transfusion before 1990, sharing IV drug injection needles with someone infected with hep c, having rough sex ie S&M or other blood sports types of sexual encounters where the exchange of blood is possible, receiving a tattoo at an unlicensed facility where best hygienic practices are not maintained.

No the test is not conclusive at 12 weeks. It is highly likely to be accurate at that time but no medical test is perfect. There will always be an occasional false positive or false negative. As to the other part of your question, one day early or one day later won’t change anything. They don’t do those types of studies. Testing data suggests the test is highly specific at 12 weeks post exposure for the majority of people who do not have a compromised immune system.

However, I am not a medical professional I do not work in the medical field in any capacity. I am a patient who had hepatitis c for many years. This forums purpose is a support community for those infected with hepatitis c or living with the aftermath of hep c infection. We can only offer advice based on our own experiences.

For actual medical advice and guidance I suggest you consult your own personal physician for answers about your specific health concerns.
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