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How Long Does Hep Last

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Ask the Experts

How long can Hep C live off the body?

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....
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
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... Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous
6 months, long ones!

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HEP B, C from Dr. Dieterich

Posted by Anonymous
----Q: Could you please tell me how long after possible exposure, one should be tested for Hepatitis A B & C. How long before they show up on the tests?

----A: Most of these viruses will make detectable antibodies in 6-12 weeks, but like HIV it... Read more »

window with hep

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
how long does the window period extend for someone coinfected with hep C? 1 year? 2 years? 3 years?

Thanks for your replies

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Re jamie hep vaccine

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi Jamie, if you were vaccinated in school,im sure it was for hep B , I knoww is one for hep A but in school it would have been hep B ,so i wouldn't worry about that, As for me I never was vaccinated , So my stress level is still up there. Hope your... Read more »