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May have Hep C please help!

Hi there
So I received an needle stick injury from work and the patient is HepC positive. I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced similar and your journey?
I went straight to a&e and had bloods taken, and have been told I need further bloods 4,12 and 24 weeks time.. the doctor and the oc health nurse I spoke to made me so anxious. They told me it is uncurable and untreatable and I will have to have bloods now for the rest of my life. Is this true?
Honestly I am so upset about it all I just really need some guidance. I feel like I've let myself down and I'm really worried about the future. Thanks in advance

  1. Hi, !

    First off, I am so very sorry this happened to you!

    Second, please take a deep breath. It's gonna be okay. Now, I never tell anyone everything is going to be fine, but I can say that things will get better for you.

    Third, you did EXACTLY the right thing following that needle stick and that is awesome.

    I assume you may not be in the US, though?

    So, we do have treatments that can pretty much cure HepC, so I don't know what you may have been told at the A&E department in your area. Do you mind telling me what treatment options you were offered? Also, the regular blood testing is for your safety and may also be due to the fact of where you work (in a healthcare setting, I presume?). That might help me give you a more detailed and accurate answer.

    That said, HepC treatment is easier to manage than ever and this does not have to be a lifelong diagnosis you face. You did NOT let yourself down. Accidents happen and you did everything right following that accident. Life has risks and there's no way we can avoid all of them. You can have a great life following this diagnosis, so please have some grace for yourself.

    Here's a helpful piece on what to do when you have received a Hep C diagnosis --

    You are not alone, here.

    Please feel free to let me know how things are going and what treatment route you are taking.

    You can do this!

    Best, Erin, Team Member.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had a poor experience with medical professionals. However, there’s definitely a cure for Hepatitis C. I don’t share the same Hep C experience as you, but my is definitely different from others on the team as I willingly accepted a Hepatitis C organ for my heart transplant. I also have liver failure. I took Epclusa for 3 months and I’ve been cured from Hepatitis C for almost 4 years now. Thank you for sharing. Leslie (Community Moderator)

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