|HIV vs. HCV
Dec 12, 2000
I have read in your posts that HIV can only live outside the
body for a few minutes, and that if it lived for hours or days, we would have seen it transferred through casual contact and other ways. I have also read that HCV can live up to 14 days and is easier to catch, but it is not able to be transmitted through casual contact. Should I be extra cautious around a person I know with HCV. Could her blood pose a problem for my family for up to 14 days? Does the blood have to be visible to transmit the virus?
| Response from Mr. Kull
According to the Centers for Disease Control, you would be at risk for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection if one or more of the following applied to you:
*You were notified that you received blood from a donor who later tested positive for hepatitis C.
*Have ever injected illegal drugs, even if you experimented a few times many years ago
*Received a blood transfusion or solid organ transplant before July, 1992
*Received a blood product for clotting problems produced before 1987
*Have ever been on long-term kidney dialysis
*Have evidence of liver disease (e.g., persistently abnormal ALT levels)
Exposure to blood is a risk for hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens. It is highly unlikely that HCV infection will occur through casual contact in a household.
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