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How Long Can Hiv Infected Blood Live On A Piercing Neddle
Extremely rare: It is extremely rare for this to happen. You cannot get HIV from eating food contaminated by small amounts of HIV infected blood. HIV does not live long outside the body. Exposure of the food to cooking heat, air or the acid in the stomach will kill the virus. There have been rare cases reported of children contracting HIV from their caregivers who are HIV infected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Wimpy Virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance on that needle and it got immediately into you, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For how long the scratch is capable of transmitting hiv I mean how long it takes to not contract hiv from infected blood?
Depends on moisture: HIV is a fragile virus. It needs moisture and warmth to survive. If the scratch from an HIV + person is new and has flowing blood then it is infectious. Question is, how long before it is not infection? My view of this is that if the blood is in any way moist, then its infectious. If it is completely dry and been that way for a while, unlikely to be infectious. ...Read more
If HIV positive blood was on a surface, could someone get infected if they touched it with an open wound? How long does HIV live for outside the body?
Yes: But this would be extremely rare. Hiv will not survive long outside the body, but might if the blood has not yet dried up entirely. Why in heavens name would anybody touch somebody's blood on a surface with their own open wound? A very improbable scenario. But the answer to your question is that this is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you ask?: You're really asking whether someone handling your food with a bleeding wound might infect you. What we do know is that during the years in which there was no treatment, HIV-positive people would infect family members without sex or needle sharing. It just didn't happen. Life's too difficult already for you to be harboring these dark ideas. Your physician can help if this is a persistent fear. ...Read more
HIV: If the blood has dried long enough for the cells within the fluid to have died the HIV will also succumb to drying. But you must remember that just touching infected blood is not going to transmit the virus unless there is a break in the skin or the blood is somehow transferred into your mucous membranes or bloodstream. ...Read more
Not Always: Exposure to most body fluids - especially blood & genital fluids - from a person with HIV has the potential to transmit the virus. If you have had an exposure discuss the details of that exposure with an expert - ideally within the first 24 hours. Steps can be taken in the first few days of an exposure to prevent lifelong infection with hiv. Locate a test/treatment site near you at www.Hivtest.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get HIV if you drink a few drops of blood from someone who's infected? Should I get tested just in case?
Very low: Unless you had open sores in your mouth. If it will reassure you, then get tested. In future, drinking blood of another person is not a good idea. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more