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How long can hiv and hepc live outside of a body is it easy to catch hiv or hepc once outside of body?

How long can hiv and hepc live outside of a body is it easy to catch hiv or hepc once outside of body?

It doesn't happen: Blood borne viruses (HIV, hepaitis B and C viruses, or others) are not acquired from contaminated environments. Virus survival is brief, especially when blood or body fluids dry, but what really matters is that nobody is known to have been infected in this way. Use common sense hygiene (wash hands etc) if you come into contact with wet body fluids, blood, etc. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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How long can the HIV virus live outside a human body? If the body fluid it is in is dry, would the virus die?

How long can the HIV virus live outside a human body? If the body fluid it is in is dry, would the virus die?

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 concentrations were much higher than they will be outside lab, making theoretical envorenmental transmission outside the body to zero. ...Read more

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How long does HIV live outside the body? I heard a couple seconds.

How long does HIV live outside the body? I heard a couple seconds.

It varies.: In certain conditions, the virus can survive outside the body for several weeks (such as inside a syringe). Survival depends on which body fluid it is in, volume of the body fluid, concentration of the virus within it, temperature, acidity, and exposure to sunlight and humidity. Hiv transmission has not been reported as a consequence of contact with spillages of blood, semen or other body fluids. ...Read more

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How long does HIV live outside the body? does the fluid need to be dry or can it die before it dries?

HIV is hard to catch: HIV is never contracted by touching it through the skin. It is not caught from inanimate objects. It is not caught from "outside of the body". ...Read more

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How long does hiv live outside the body? Wet and dry blood. Thanks

How long does hiv live outside the body? Wet and dry blood. Thanks

Doesn't matter: The concern in questions like this, whether or not stated directly, is that HIV transmission might occur from contaminated environments or objects. But there are no such infections. The busiest HIV/AIDS clinics never have patients without traditional risk factors. That said, HIV is dead once blood dries, and probably survives idefinitiely if it remains wet. But it doesn't matter. ...Read more

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How long does HIV live outside the body? Does heat kill it faster?

How long does HIV live outside the body? Does heat kill it faster?

HIV dies right away: HIV cannot live outside of the body -which is a very good thing. So if you're worried about an 'exposure' at least this is in your favor. It's always good to practice safe sex though-esp. in this modern age. I see many young people not paying attention to their own safety-and sadly a number of new cases are occurring. Most of these are in gay young men in their 20s. Be safe. Check with a doc if Qs ...Read more

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How long HIV does live outside the body? If it is a tiny or little more amount of fluid? How long it takes the virus to die in a fluid wet or dry?

How long HIV does live outside the body? If it is a tiny or little more amount of fluid? How long it takes the virus to die in a fluid wet or dry?

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 your specific concern? ...Read more

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How long does hiv survive outside of the body ?

How long does hiv survive outside of the body ?

Depends on details: Realize that "outside the body" can mean: on the surface of my arm, on my steering wheel, in a freezer at the lab, on a bagel, etc... So, there is no answer unless the question defines Where, What acidity (pH), What temperature, What humidity, What lighting (sunlight, amount of UV), etc.. From a daily life standpoint, there is no worry about catching HIV on any surfaces that we routinely touch. ...Read more

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How long is the average time HIV survives outside the body?

HIV risk: It does not survive outside of the body. Why do you ask? What is your specific exposure and risk? ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more