A 22-year-old female asked:
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how is hiv/aids spread through dry blood i thought once it hits the air the virus dies so if someone touch the dried blood how can the virus be active?

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Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
It cannot : The HIV virus is a very fragile virus and does not survive very long outside the body. Touching dried blood would not cause any risk for HIV infection. Although, other infections would be a concern so Always use appropriate personal protective equipment when cleaning up blood spills. Hope this was helpful. Dr. R
Answered on Oct 23, 2016

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