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How long does hiv live outside the body

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Betancourt
Family Medicine 11 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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
HIV is hard to catch: HIV is never contracted by touching it through the skin. It is not caught from inanimate objects. It is not caught from "outside of the body".
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 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
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nadine Halliburton-foster
Family Medicine 20 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Fomites: It means you will not get it from a toilet seat or a door knob.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maria dorothea Olivier
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5-6 days: The HIV virus can survive in dry blood for 5-6days
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 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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