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Author Topic: How long does the hep virus lives outside body?  (Read 4986 times)

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Offline Santana

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How long does the hep virus lives outside body?
« on: October 14, 2016, 05:42:18 pm »
Hi everyone. I accidentally pricked my finger with a pin 5 months later than someone who pricked himself with the same pin and possibly had hepb/hepc/hiv. Is 5 months enough to stay calm because any virus would be dead? Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you

Online Mike

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Re: How long does the hep virus lives outside body?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 05:52:23 pm »
The CDC reports that the virus can survive  3 weeks outside the body. See below link from the CDC for specifics:

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm

Empirical studies report that, under certain circumstance, HCV can survive 6+ weeks. See below link:

http://www.aidsmap.com/Hepatitis-C-virus-dried-on-inanimate-surfaces-can-remain-infectious-for-up-to-six-weeks/page/2808006/

Best wishes, Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline Santana

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Re: How long does the hep virus lives outside body?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 06:15:38 pm »
Thank you Mike for your quick reply! Also thank you for the information provided.  Theoretically speaking about HEPB now, virus should live less than HEPC´s?
I´ll asume I can go on with my life!

Online Mike

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Re: How long does the hep virus lives outside body?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 06:45:30 pm »
Hi Santana,

You should be fine. However, if you are really stressing out about this, follow up with your doctor, which should alleviate all concerns.

Best wishes, Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline 1952brad

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Re: How long does the hep virus lives outside body?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2016, 11:59:50 am »
sorry to bother anyone with my stupidity, but how can I post?

Offline dragonslayer

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Re: How long does the hep virus lives outside body?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2016, 02:38:29 pm »
sorry to bother anyone with my stupidity, but how can I post?

You just did!
Paul

DX 2008
Started Harvoni 11/26/14 for 8 wks
Completed 8 wks Harvoni 01/20/15
EOT RNA Quant result:  Detected 29
7.5 wk post tx: Detected < LLOQ(12)
11 wk post tx: UNDETECTED SVR12
24 wk post tx: UNDETECTED SVR24; AST 26; ALT 22; ALP 73
48 wk post tx: UNDETECTED SVR48; AST 18; ALT 18; ALP 70
GT 1a
vl 2.4mil
2008 bpx: Stage&Grade 0
2013 bpx: Stage&Grade: 0-1
IL28B: TT
likely infected early '70s

 


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