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How long does hiv live outside the body

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Betancourt
Family Medicine 12 years experience
It varies.: In certain conditions, the virus can survive outside the body for several weeks (such as inside a syringe). Survival depends on which body fluid it is... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Doesn't matter: The concern in questions like this, whether or not stated directly, is that HIV transmission might occur from contaminated environments or objects. Bu... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
HIV dies right away: HIV cannot live outside of the body -which is a very good thing. So if you're worried about an 'exposure' at least this is in your favor. It's always ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Yes: But this would be extremely rare. Hiv will not survive long outside the body, but might if the blood has not yet dried up entirely. Why in heavens nam... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nadine Halliburton-foster
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Immediately: Any illness is serious with HIV. You are already immunocompromised so it is more difficult to fight the disease. You should be treated with Tamiflu (... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
STOP! There is no greater risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis, endocarditis, or sepsis than sharing injection needles or used medication vials! There ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Depends on details: Realize that "outside the body" can mean: on the surface of my arm, on my steering wheel, in a freezer at the lab, on a bagel, etc... So, there is n... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
HIV risk: It does not survive outside of the body. Why do you ask? What is your specific exposure and risk?
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
HIV: May be several hours. Cdc laboratory studies have shown that drying HIV reduces the viral amounts by 90 to 99 percent within several hours.
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