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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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Doesn't matter: This doesn't matter. Nobody in the world ever caught HIV from exposure to blood or other body fluids in the environment. Whether HVI survies or not is ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Varies a lot: A great source of info is at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/laboratory-biosafety-biosecurity/pathogen-safety-data-sheets-risk-assessm ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Not long: Viruses are critters which live inside cells and must have nutrients of a cell to remain alive. Most will die rapidly after leaving the body unless r ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
No HIV: It does not survive outside. Not minutes. Not hours. One also does not contract HIV through normal skin from inanimate objects. You have now been told ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on what you mean by dormant. Blood tests are generally positive within a few weeks of infection, and many people develop temporary symptom ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
31 years experience Pediatrics
HIV: life outside: Hiv needs a host or culture in a range of the average body temperature. Outside a body, the virus is fragile and dies within minutes if it is allowed ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Why: It doesn't survive. But that doesn't matter. Hiv is not caught by touching it or the fluid it may be living in. That is very well understood. What is ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Within few hours: Cdc has conducted many studies on HIV concentrations outside the body, when these are dried, the virus is reduced by 90to99% over several hours, these ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
25 years experience Infectious Disease
A few hours: Although HIV can survive outside the body for a few hours in certain bodily fluids, it cannot function when dry. The virus cannot infect some one unle ... Read More

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