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Can HIV last for 2 years in human body with no medication and no signs of effect ?

Can HIV last for 2 years in human body with no medication and no signs of  effect ?

HIV infection : HIV is a tricky infection because indeed, a patient may have it and not be aware until the immune system is totally wiped out and AIDS sets in. This is partly why HIV is so devastating - it's working behind the scenes to destroy the pt's immune system. On average that takes 8 years before the pt will present with AIDS symptoms. Thus the value in getting checked if any doubts are there. Be safe! ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hiv (Definition)

HIV is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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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Roughly how long does HIV survive outside of the human body?

Roughly how long does HIV survive outside of the human body?

HIV: This is complicated. The virus is capable of surviving several hours outside the body, but only inside of living cells. Drying of secretions containing the virus reduces the counts by 99+% quickly. You do not get this virus transmitted in this fashion unless you are sharing needles with somebody or are inadvertently stuck with a needle containing fresh blood. ...Read more

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When (i mean how many years/months after) HIV viruses will show symptoms in human body?

When (i mean how many years/months after)  HIV viruses will show symptoms in human body?

HIV infection: The acute infection stage of HIV usually begins to be widespread at about fourteen days after exposure. Most people do not experience any symptoms during this phase. But, those that do report a severe flu-like illness. Untreated, in a man, the average length of infection to death is eleven years.But, we do not need to worry about that. With treatment today, the length of life is 53 plus years. ...Read more

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What is the ph level like outside of the human body? Does HIV usually died within seconds of leaving the body in trace amounts?

What is the ph level like outside of the human body? Does HIV usually died within seconds of leaving the body in trace amounts?

PH is irrelevant: It would help to know why you are concerned. HIV is never, ever caught by exposure to the virus in the environment. Asking if the virus survives in the environment -- regardless of pH, temperature, or anything else -- therefore is irrelevant, if your concern is possible exposure and infection. But to answer the question directly, HIV dies rapidly when blood or contaminated fluids dry out. ...Read more

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How long does a drop of HIV blood survives before its dead outside of the human body.

Not very long: People often ask this question because of concerns if they pick up or prick themselves on a dirty needle. HIV does not survive well outside the body. Once the liquid (blood, semen, vaginal fluid, etc.) it is in has dried, the virus is dead and not transmissible. So an old dirty needle, if dry, cannot transmit HIV. Other viruses such as hep b and hep c are much hardier and can survive longer. ...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?

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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We know that HIV virus sleeps in humans body for 10 years if it inserts into a human body what is the primary symptom how a people can immediatelyknow?

We know that HIV virus sleeps in humans body for 10 years if it inserts into a human body what is the primary symptom how a people can immediatelyknow?

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. Depending on the particular test or combination of tests, HIV can be accurately diagnosed as soon as 10-12 days after infection and always within 3 months. If you think you may have been exposed, get tested. ...Read more

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If hiv/aids blood goes to another human body then how many days will it take to for symptoms to show?

If hiv/aids blood goes to another human body then how many days will it take to for symptoms to show?

Not for a while: There is a 3 months window before the body converts after exposure. And symptoms may not show for some time afterwards, sometimes years. ...Read more

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Hi, how long can an HIV virus last outside human body (like on needle or something) that it can be considered a risk?

Hi, how long can an HIV virus last outside human body (like on needle or something) that it can be considered a risk?

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 shown to survive for extended periods of time (several days) is in needles used with syringes; the needles frequently contain enough blood to prevent the HIV from drying out. ...Read more

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How much is the lifespan of the HIV virus outside the human body?

How much is the lifespan of the HIV virus outside the human body?

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 material like semen or vaginal secretions, and particularly in blood. As soon as these dry the organism will die quickly. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV/AIDS. 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