A 50-year-old member asked:
Can HIV survive in blood culture bottles?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Martin Raff answered
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Probable not: When blood is injected into blood culture bottles, white blood cells are unlikely to survive very long in the ambient environment, and with death of the wbcs the virus will quickly succumb to the lack of a host, and other factors. This is a fascinating question and although I have not researched it thoroughly, am not aware that this has been studied. Would live to hear from others.
Answered on Apr 12, 2012
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