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How long can Hep C live off the body?
Mar 18, 2001

Hi Dr. Dieterich,

I'm wondering how long Hepatitis C can live in small amounts of blood off the body. Is it possible to contract from objects?

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Hepatitis C can not live for long if it is actually exposed to air. However, if it is inside a clot it can still be damp and alive. It is likely only to be spread from sharp objects like needles. DTD



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