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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Generally not: If the virus remains in human materials like blood, semen, or other body secretions that are not subjected to physical changes which kill the virus it ... Read More

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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Not long: HIV is not acquired through casual contact. It is acquired through body fluids such as blood, urine, breast milk and semen. Anyone who is worried abou ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Don't take chances: While HIV is reported as only capable of living hours-days in the environment, some hepatitis viruses and other infectious agents can live much longer ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Varies: It depends upon physical factors like how rapidly the semen dries, the temperature, where the semen is deposited, etc. This virus seldom survives lon ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes, but: Live when wet. Still potentially infectious when dry. If you are HIV positive and not using barrier sex, you are seriously potentially infecting your ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience in Preventive Medicine
HIV can survive..: ..at room temperature outsie the body for hours if dry (if initial concentrations are high), and for weeks if wet (in used syringes/needles). However, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Wrong question: Nobody ever catches HIV by exposure to infected blood or body fluids in the environment. Whether or how long the survives, or other biological reasons ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
At least 5 days: It probably takes 5-10 days after a new HIV infection before the virus can be passed to another partner.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Lau
22 years experience in Anesthesiology
Very quickly: Hiv can not live out side the human body host for a long time. If the blood is dry its most likely not contagious. If its still wet or less than 10 m ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
21 years experience in Ophthalmology
Hiv: Hiv is unstable outside the body...It is unlikely to survive more than an hour outside the body once the drop of blood dries...

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