Aug 25, 2002
Does hepatitis C virus die upon 'air' contact like the HIV virus reportedly does? Or, does it linger, live, when airborne, for up to 14 hours like the hepatitis B virus reportedly does? Please correct any misconceptions noted. Thank You
| Response from Dr. Fried
Hepatitis C virus particles can be detected in dried blood for a period of several days when very sensitive molecular assays are used. However, it is unlikely that the dried blood would cuase an infection, although additional studies are needed to answer this question unequivocally. Nevertheless, sharing razors etc with a person with hepatitis C is not recommended.
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