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How Long Can Hepatitis Survive Outside The Body

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

...immune system and otherfactors. Together you will decide if treatment forHep C is right for you at this time. In co-infection, Hep C treatment is a combination oftwo antiviral drugs: ribavirin (Pegetron capsules orCopegus) and a long-lasting form of interferoncalled pegylated interferon (Pegetron or Pegasys).Both are taken for about one year. Once you starttaking these medications, your doctor will monitoryour blood regularly to see whether...
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Hepatitis C query

Hi Doctor McGovernI received a needlestick injury some time ago and was tested for Hepatitis C and also HIV, both of which came back as negative. However, during the window period I was quite worried and eventually developed OCD regarding exposure...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...You have made a very logical conclusion that is correct. If hepatitis C was this easy to transmit, it would be occurring in most people. And that is simply not the case. Just because the virus may Read more »

Needle Stick on Beach

I stepped on a needle while climbing under a pier on the beach. The needleseemed to be clean and I did not notice and fluids inside the syringe. Am Iat risk for any blood-born diseases and if so which ones should I be testedfor and when? I was told...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...question. Your risk for bloodborne diseases isprobably low, but there is still some risk involved. Your actual risksdepends on how long the needle was lying there, and how much blood (if any)you were exposed to. As for HIV, since this virus... Read more »

Hepatitis C

How long is Hepatitis C normally in the body before it will show up on any blood tests?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Once hepatitis C is in your blood it can be measured by HCV RNA testing. Antibody levels usually become positive soon after - the vast majority Read more »

How long does HIV survive outside the body?

Hi,Rick! I have two questions: 1. In your answers you often say that the virus does not survive more than a few minutes outside the body. I have read a paper by P.J.G.Butler. In this paper, he says that HIV is not unstable under normal enviormental...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Individuals having a history of other Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STD's) indicating high risk sexual exposures, Individuals with Hepatitis infections (Hepatitis B and C share similarroutes of transmission as HIV), Individuals having a... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public

...C can also begin as acute infections, but in some people, the virus remains in the body, resulting in chronic disease and long term liver problems. There are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and B; however, there is not one for Hepatitis C. If... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public

...Hepatitis C can also begin as acute infections, but in some people, the virus remains in the body, resulting in chronic disease and long-term liver problems. There are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and B; however, there is not one for Hepatitis... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FAQs for the Public: Hepatitis C

...hepatitis C and not know it? What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis C? How serious is chronic hepatitis C? What are the long-term effects of hepatitis C? Tests Can a person have normal liver enzyme (e.g. ALT) results and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis A FAQs for Health Professionals

...Clay-colored bowel movements Joint pain Jaundice In children aged 70% of patients. When symptoms occur, how long do they usually last? Symptoms usually last less than 2 months, although 10%–15% of symptomatic persons... Read more »
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Part two

Posted by Anonymous
...others. In Geneva, last month I ran into, Robert Heimer, an expert on the viability of HIV inside syringes. I asked him how long the virus could remain infectious in a used syringe. Inside the hermetically sealed syringe, HIV can remain viable... Read more »

HIV survival outside the body

Posted by Anonymous
...Maybe I'm dumb or a lil slow but im still confused about hiv survival outside the body and its ability to infect.Does it make a difference in the amount of blood or semen outside the body to determine the time of Read more »

HIV OUTSIDE THE BODY

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...HOW LONG CAN SURVIVE OUTSIDE THE BODY IN SIDE A BODILY FLUID SUCH AS BLOOD OR CEMEN ? Read more »

outside the body

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Ok so experts please tell me how long HIV can last outside the body in a bodilyfluid or blood ? and is easy transferrable if outside the body at say 2-3 hours ? Read more »