Update: On 11/3/16 (Link) I wrote
A few weeks ago I pricked my finger on my old Marine’s used blood glucose lancet tip. It hurt. My careless error because I didn’t buy a sharps bin when he recently started testing.
He’s been SVR since late 2004. By American Red Cross rules, I have been exposed (blood-to-blood) to HCV in the same way an accidental needle stick in a health care setting can occur even though a lot of “time has gone by.”
Should I get re-tested for HCV again post-stick? I was tested in 2004 and again in 2015, when Medicare made the screening free for all boomers. Again, I was safe. Will my doctor recommend another test due to this incident when I see her next?
My PCP did test me for HCV again because even though my husband is SVR, the accidental prick is considered an exposure. Medicare should cover the cost. Result: no exploitive HCV.
We told my husband’s VA PCP about the incident and asked if he could be issued a sharps container. Below is a photo of the one they sent us. The VA should issue these automatically with certain treatments/tests but it’s good to know that they are available at no cost if you ask and have a need. This size can be purchased for under $10.00 but the VA will ship the refills which is helpful.