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how long hiv virus live outside human body

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

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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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Very brief: This virus is very susceptible to physical elements, particularly drying, heat, cold, etc. It may survive slightly longer when present in warm wet ma ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Wimpy virus: Very short. It can travel on shared needles, but ordinary household contacts of HIV positive people, even with huge loads, don't get infected.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable: Some people get a flu like illness 4-6 weeks after initiall infection and are asymptomatic for years. Commonly it takes about 10 years for full blown ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Have a blood test: It is true that it can take 10 years or even more for HIV to cause serious health problems. However, the blood tests for HIV are accurate much sooner. ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Please Clarify: HIV is not transmitted outside of the body regardless of how long it is 'out of the body'. Why are you asking? HIV is not caught through skin; it is ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience Family Medicine
Up to 3 - 4 hours: It's possible, but not super likely. You have to have a pretty large quantity of virus hanging out on the inanimate object (say for instance a straw), ... Read More
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