A viral post on social media started in California is raising a lot of questions on social media.

CBS19 sought out to verify the questions asked online.


Can an exposed hypodermic needle carry an active virus?


Yes, it depends on the virus. The HIV virus survives a couple of hours, but Hepatitis B virus which is not an uncommon cause of Hepatitis can last at least a week.


UT Health Northeast - Richard Wallace, MD - Infectious Disease Expert