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disinfecting items Hepatitis C
I inherited some of my aunts pierced earrings, she had Hepatitis C. Will soaking them in alcohol kill all the germs from her illness? How long should I soak them?
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517294 tn?1212081606
Agree. Bleach is the best antiviral there is!  
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Use diluted bleach (10:1) or formaldehyde. Alcohol is not recommended.

ML
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From what I understand, if her aunt hasn't worn these earrings within four days, then she has nothing to worry about, as the Hep C virus lives outside the body in blood up to 4 days only.  Is that correct?

Trish
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584567 tn?1230769937
I have read that hepatitis c can live outside the body 4 days to 2 weeks. It would depend on the amount of blood. Example: If you bleed on the counter and the blood is a good amount and doesn't dry on the inside then it would be possible the virus is still active in the fresher blood.  

I would say the ear rings are safe but don't take chances clean them with bleech. Hope this helps.

Dayz
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I am 6 years post liver transplant from genotype 3 Hep C.  My doctors want to start treatment to clear the virus.  I take Prograf for the liver transplant and I know Naragenin affects the Prograf levels.  My question is if during treatment I also took Naragenin and my prograf levels were closely watched and adjusted for the Naragenin effects, wouldn't I have a better chance of clearing the virus.
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The doc might not see your question here.  You might want to copy and paste it into a brand new question.
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517294 tn?1212081606
Dont put your new questions into these long strings as Trish suggests. However, I am not convinced that Nagagenin has been demonstrated to work yet so if your transplant is endangered by changing prograf levels, I think I would stick with the HCV treatment alone. Too many variables in the equation makes it very hard to follow. Good Luck with your treatment! DTD
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