Can HCV live on a broken off syringe tip? If so, for how long?
I am a recovering IV drug addict with Hepatitis C( possibly HIV...will get tested soon). I recently had a relapse last weekend and injected some drugs. One 3/16" needle tip broke off the syringe and flew into the carpet. I searched and searched, but could not find it. Eventually I vacuumed the room like it had never been vacuumed before. I'm still concerned though, what if one of my roommates or a guest step on it? Could HVC (or HIV) be tranmitted this way?!!! How long should this be a concern?!!!!
Actually the needle is where the virus has a good chance to live. It lives there longer than it does on open surfaces because it is protected from drying out as fast. I can't remember how long it can live there though... sorry but my tx has my brain totally fogged up. Just make sure that everybody wears their shoes and nobody sits on the floor for a couple of weeks.
I hope you don't relapse anymore. The best way to avoid that is to quit hanging around the people you got high with and find some activity to take up the time when you would normally be getting high.
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