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Can the hepatitis b or c virus survive outside of the bloodstream?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: Both hepatitis b and c can survive for days, and perhaps even over a week, outside the body. This is why ever sharing any paraphernalia, including cookers, for drug use could lead to infection. Getting "stuck" with a needle, or reusing needles for injections like testosterone or vitamins, can also lead to hepatitis b or c injection. Always be careful at tattoo parlors, piercing places, etc.
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