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How Long Should I Wait To Get Tested For Hep C
Took chances?: I'm not sure what you meant by taking chances. That aside, if a healthy person is exposed to hepatitis c and becomes infected with it, blood tests can often detect the new infection within 2 to 4 weeks following the exposure (hepatitis c RNA and liver enzymes). If a new infection is detected early, with current drug treatment, the chance of cure from hepatitis c is well over 90%. ...Read more
Post Hep C Rx: Check your viral load every 3 months for the first year after treatment. If it remains undetectable, you have a 99% chance of being cured. After the first year, you should be checked annually. ...Read more
Probably no need: I can't tell your sex. If female, then HPV testing is now done routinely with pap smears. Other than that, HPV testing is rarely needed or recommended. Even if you have been exposed, e.g. a partner with genital warts or abnormal pap, no testing is recommended; just see a doc if anything abnormal appears. Everybody has genital HPV at one time or another, and almost all infections clear up anyway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis vaccine: No wait is needed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Testing: You can be tested after 30 minutes according to an article in the New England journal ...Read more
Your call: You can be tested whenever you want. If you have risk factors (body fluid/sexual contact with a known infected person, or IV drug use, etc) than get tested. Otherwise, hepatitis is not a routine test to get. If you just want to know if you have hepatitis, volunteer to donate blood at your local red cross, and they will test you for several diseases (including hepatitis) for free as a screen. ...Read more
What to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?
Now: You should get a blood test now, but then repeat it in 3 to 6 months, to make sure (sometimes the blood test takes up to 6 months to become positive). ...Read more
Don't wait: You can get examined and get base line tests immediately. You will then need follow up tests to see what if anything has changed. Not every std shows up right away on testing. Knowing which std you are looking for can help, but most people want to be tested for "everything". Repeat follow up testing is necessary. Start now. ...Read more
Not long: If you are concerned about exposure to stds, it is best to get tested right away. Today's tests can detect the dna of an infection before you show any signs or symptoms. If you feel pretty certain you have been exposed, you may also consider getting treated with antibiotics right away - even before getting any test results. ...Read more
7 days: After treatment of gonorrhea (GC) with a single shot, one should wait a minimum of 7 days before resuming sexual contact. Treatment of any recent sexual partners and use of a condom also recommended for STD protection and help prevent recurrent GC re-infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV Exposure: First, if one has an acute exposure one should not wait at all. We only have a 72 hour window to prevent infection. Second, if there is a high risk exposure one can get a viral RNA test after 21 days that is 100% accurate. Third: the antibody testing that is routine for HIV can miss infection for up to six months after exposure. ...Read more
How long after being treated for chlymadia should you wait to get retested to make sure it's gone?
2-3 weeks : I recheck my patients two to three weeks after treatment, . ...Read more
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