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How long does hiv virus live outside a human being

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 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

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 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 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 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 33-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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 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 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 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 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely to happen: That said, a woman in her late 20's would have been vaccinated against the more dangerous strains of genital HPV, right? We vaccinate all persons when ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 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

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