Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
636290 tn?1224186146

Proper sterilization for hep C

Does anyone know of a reliable source which sites the proper sterilization method for Hep C?  As far as I've ever heard, the only thing that can kill the hep c virus is sterilization.  Anyone know anything?
8 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
HCA
Active Hep C viral RNA is present only in blood.It is not prsent in other human by products.saliva, semen,sweat ect.ect.
There is no need to sterilise anything such as utensils,surfaces ect.
For your information bleach kills it stone dead.You would only need to use it on say a bloody razor if you were so inclined.
Helpful - 0
1225178 tn?1318980604
What are you planning to sterilize?
Helpful - 0
1225178 tn?1318980604
I meant as in clothes, or non porous surfaces, or skin?
Helpful - 0
87972 tn?1322661239
Diane, this is an old thread from 2008 that was resurrected just a bit ago, then the poster was removed for some reason. When someone comments on an old thread that is in archives, it bumps it forward to the top.

--Bill
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
Well, old thread or not, it's a good question. The answer is important for unexpected situations we find ourselves in, let's say, minor accidents around the house that lead to blood getting on common household surfaces.

Here's a recent thread that I found very helpful:

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Hepatitis-C/hepc-/show/738412

Note Mr. Liver expresses the same view about bleach that HCA does and also provides a useful link:

http://www.bccdc.org/downloads/pdf/epid/reports/CDManual_DisinfectntSelectnGuidelines_sep2003_nov05-03.pdf
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
I think ML's link I mentioned above s/b:

http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/EAA94ACF-02A9-4CF0-BE47-3F5817A25669/0/InfectionControl_GF_DisinfectntSelectnGuidelines_nov0503.pdf
Helpful - 0
1225178 tn?1318980604
Good info on that link. I took a course in medical laboratory technology and we used a 10% bleach solution to clean all surfaces after doing any procedures. We didn't just spray it on the surface and leave it, we sprayed it on and then wiped it dry with paper towels, and then threw the paper towels into the bio hazard container... not the regular garbage. Better safe than sorry.
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
According to the CDC boiling, burning, alcohol, peroxide are not effective in destroying the Hep C virus and requires stronger sterilization methods...I"m currently searching to see WHAT those stronger methods are as I live with a roommate that has the Hep C virus and is nonchalant about his being infectious.  
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Hepatitis C Community

Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1473358451
DC
683231 tn?1467323017
Auburn, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Answer a few simple questions about your Hep C treatment journey.

Those who qualify may receive up to $100 for their time.
Explore More In Our Hep C Learning Center
image description
Learn about this treatable virus.
image description
Getting tested for this viral infection.
image description
3 key steps to getting on treatment.
image description
4 steps to getting on therapy.
image description
What you need to know about Hep C drugs.
image description
How the drugs might affect you.
image description
These tips may up your chances of a cure.
Popular Resources
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.
Herpes spreads by oral, vaginal and anal sex.
STIs are the most common cause of genital sores.
Condoms are the most effective way to prevent HIV and STDs.
PrEP is used by people with high risk to prevent HIV infection.
Can I get HIV from surfaces, like toilet seats?