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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Throw out the ice: Chance of transmitting herpes this way is slim. But you can get more ice. Throw it out if you still have it. Dilution in water inactivates the virus. ... Read More

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
23 years experience Infectious Disease
Needs evaluation: Your intuition is right a virus shouldn't last this long, and stomach viruses in general come and go quite quickly. The question is if he is overall b ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
46 years experience Hospital-based practice
Unusual: It is unusual for a viral throat infection lasting a month. See a ENT specialist who may be able to identify the problem.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually : 2-3 days.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
HIV virus: Hiv is extremely sensitive to fluctuations in temperature.Outside of the human body, the virus dies within minutes. The one place that HIV has been sh ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
Can be lifetime : Most people clear HBV within several weeks but some never clear it especially if acquired neonatally.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Why ?: The exact survival duration is unknown. However, this is not a germ passed through casual acquisition on fingers/etc. but from direct genital to genit ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not long: It can not live for long periods of time but lysol will kill it.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
HPV: HPV is able to survive on inanimate objects but we don't know exactly how long. But HPV has been shown to remain infective for 7 days.
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
30 years experience Pediatrics
Gastroenteritis: Stomach virus is a self limiting illness. Need to make sure to give enough fluids to prevent dehydration. Viral gastroenteritis usually lasts few days ... Read More
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