|HEP B AND HEP C
Oct 4, 2000
WHAT ARE THE SURVIVAL TIMES OF HEP B AND HEP C OUTSIDE THE BODY ? HIV IS APPARENTLY MINUTES, IS HEP B & C THE SAME ? ALSO IF I HAVE HEP C, AND THEREFORE LOW LEVELS OF HEP C IN MY SEMEN, OR MY PARTNER HAS HEP C, WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS IF YOU WANTED TO HAVE A CHILD, CONSIDERING THERE IS NO VACCINE FOR HEP C ? THANKS MJJ
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Survival times outside the body for most viruses are short, unless they are inside some body fluid like a blood clot, and then it is impossible to say. Hepatitis C is rarely transmitted sexually in heterosexual monogamous couples. If you want to be perfectly safe then fertilizing the eggs outside the body would qualify. Good luck! DTD
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