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how long can hcv survive

A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No risk, no worries: A newly ordered "personal care item" certainly would not have been used previously. And any HCV will have died from drying. But there's no risk regard ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: Wiping an instrument with 70% ethanol is likely to neutralize Hep C. You may visit this site for info on transmission of Hep C. Wish you good health! ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: It can take about eight weeks for an hcv antibody test to become positive after an exposure. Another test called the hcv RNA can become positive from ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
For life: Hcv is often a lifetime infection unless cured with antiviral therapy.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Lab results: My lab gets me these results by the morning after the blood was drawn.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
A few days: No one knows for certain. If you shared needles, i know you will be wise enough not to do this again. If you had sex, remember it is difficult to tr ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
2 months: On average, hcv antibodies are detectable at 2 months, with 6 months being the end of the range. People co-infected with HIV may not develop hcv antib ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elisa Ribelles-medhus
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Don’t worry: Please don’t worry about serial conversions. Just check yourself for both now and in six weeks. You’ll be fine. I feel it in my heart.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Rashes: Fist hcv is hepatitis c. Hepatitis c does not cause rashes. It is a liver problem. Rashes on our buttocks are usually a fungal or yeast infection. I ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
HCV testing: HCV infection is usually chronic, and patients are asymptomatic. It takes approximately 6–8 weeks for body to produce detectable antibodies to HCV an ... Read More

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