A new study suggests that certain types of needles can allow the hepatitis C virus to stay viable for a longer period of time. Researchers found that the virus can survive for nine weeks in tuberculin syringes that have detachable needles. This is far longer than in insulin syringes with attached needles.
The study, conducted by scientists from the Yale School of Medicine, may lead to new approaches in hepatitis C prevention. More information on this research is available in the official press release.