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HCV and HIV compared
Jun 28, 2009

Dear Dr. Barbara:

I have a science question for you.

If you compare HCV with HIV from a nosocomial perspective which of the two viruses is more infective ?

Is the human body more receptive to HCV or HIV. I am sure there are other factors but i need to know what you think is more likely to embed in people.

In a needle stick which virus survives longer or are they equal ? Has this been studied ?

Response from Dr. McGovern

The risk of transmission depends on the route.

For example:

Sexual transmission: HBV> HIV> HCV Injection drug use: HCV>HBV>HIV Needlestick exposures: HBV>HIV>HCV

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