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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Safe, but clean it: Probably safe for HIV, but it's easy to be 100% certain: wipe with a disinfectant or soap and water. I would think you would automatically do this any ... Read More

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A 34-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 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Hours? Days?: HIV probably can survive for a few days in any closed, moist environment. Most sexual lubricants contain preservatives that likely would kill HIV. But ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Why do you ask?: It's moot. People just don't get it except by sex or sharing needles. During the era when there was no treatment, it jay did not get transmitted in th ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
HIV survival outside: HIV weakens and dies quickly. It is unknown exactly how long it survives in any body fluid including pre ejaculation.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Little risk: Even if your friend has HIV, there is minimal risk. If you wish to be tested get a HIV nucleic acid test in 6 months, if that is negative it would rul ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
It doesn't: It doesn't survive. There is no transmission of HIV in this scenario at all. There are other viruses such as hepatitis c or hepatitis b. But, HIV doe ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Please consult this site for information. http://www.aidsmap.com/Survival-outside-the-body/page/1321278/
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: Cdc says that drying of body fluids will reduce the viral load by 99% within several hours. There have been no cases documented to have been transmitt ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Variable: But why would an HIV infected child not be treated?

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