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how long hiv virus live outside body

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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

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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 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
29 years experience Pathology
Depends on person: Hiv can be clinically "latent" (present but causing no symptoms) for periods of months to years with some people being infected for up to 8 to 10 yea ... Read More
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 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 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
41 years experience Pathology
Less than a day?: I don't know of a study on this but in general most viruses don't survive long in dead tissue. Attempts to culture virus post-mortem are usually done ... Read More
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Extremely unlikely: It is extremely unlikely that you would contract HIV in this manner.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
HIV is hard to get: Seconds. It does not survive outside of living bodily fluids.

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