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In an enclosed area, e.g a ex toy designed for penetration, how long can hiv survive? if waited for 1 day before use is there any risk?

In an enclosed area, e.g a ex toy designed for penetration, how long can hiv survive? if waited for 1 day before use is there any risk?

Safe, but clean it: Probably safe for HIV, but it's easy to be 100% certain: wipe with a disinfectant or soap and water. I would think you would automatically do this anyway! ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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 HIV survive and remain infectious on things like door handles and other everyday objects?

How long can HIV survive and remain infectious on things like door handles and other everyday objects?

Not long: HIV is not acquired through casual contact. It is acquired through body fluids such as blood, urine, breast milk and semen. Anyone who is worried about their risk for HIV should stop risky sex and drug abuse and get tested. ...Read more

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In an enclosed area, e.g an artificial vagina , how long can hiv survive inside? Can HIV also survive in water base lube that emulate vagina lube?

In an enclosed area, e.g an artificial vagina , how long can hiv survive inside? Can HIV also survive in water base lube that emulate vagina lube?

Hours? Days?: HIV probably can survive for a few days in any closed, moist environment. Most sexual lubricants contain preservatives that likely would kill HIV. But these are the wrong questions. If concerned enough about HIV to be asking such questions, you should be using condoms 100% of the time. If HIV status is unknown for you, or the transgender woman you are concerned about, you (both?) must be tested. ...Read more

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How long can HIV survive in pre ejaculation once its out of the penis?

How long can HIV survive in pre ejaculation once its out of the penis?

A few hours: Ejaculate can only live for a few hours outside the body. It also depends on the viral load of the carrier. If you are worried get tested ...Read more

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How long can HIV survive outside the body? Is it small enough to be absorbed into the skin? How thick is the palm of the hands in forms of protecting?

How long can HIV survive outside the body? Is it small enough to be absorbed into the skin? How thick is the palm of the hands in forms of protecting?

Why do you ask?: It's moot. People just don't get it except by sex or sharing needles. During the era when there was no treatment, it jay did not get transmitted in the home via ordinary contact. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus survive on lipsticks? I used a HIV friend's lipstick that she used a month before.

How long can HIV virus survive on lipsticks? I used a HIV friend's lipstick that she used a month before.

Little risk: Even if your friend has HIV, there is minimal risk. If you wish to be tested get a HIV nucleic acid test in 6 months, if that is negative it would rule out HIV.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus survive outside human body in dried blood & liquid blood under normal circumstances ?

It doesn't: It doesn't survive. There is no transmission of HIV in this scenario at all. There are other viruses such as hepatitis c or hepatitis b. But, HIV does not survive at all and is not a risk in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus survive in the environment?

How long can the HIV virus survive in the environment?

Depends: Please consult this site for information.

http://www.aidsmap.com/Survival-outside-the-body/page/1321278/

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How long can the HIV virus survive in dried semen?

HIV: Cdc says that drying of body fluids will reduce the viral load by 99% within several hours. There have been no cases documented to have been transmitted by infected fluids off surfaces. ...Read more

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How long can hiv/aids virus patient survive?

Normal lifespan: With the advent of combinations of potent antiviral medications hiv-infected patients can have a normal lifespan as long as they remain on their medications. ...Read more

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How long HIV virus can survive in air tight syringe ?

No such thing: Please clarify what you mean and why you are asking. Are you planning on trying to harm someone? ...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 can a person that is taking meds survive with hiv?

How long can a person that is taking meds survive with hiv?

Long life: People with HIV can presumably live a normal life span if they take medications faithfully, with the appropriate suppression in viral load and increase in t cell count. ...Read more

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

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

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Why isn't there an average time on how long HIV survives outside the body? Is it preference, or is there a chance it can be caught environmentally.

Reality: Let's think. Who's going to do a worthless study like this? We know people aren't getting HIV from fomites. Studies of families with hiv-positive leukemic kids showed it was never transmitted despite family members actually contacting blood. To test infectiousness, you're going to have to inoculate animals with shed blood -- and what's the purpose? All we know is that the bugs die very fast. ...Read more

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How long does HIV survive in semen outside the body?

HIV: May be several hours. Cdc laboratory studies have shown that drying HIV reduces the viral amounts by 90 to 99 percent within several hours. ...Read more

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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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How long does HIV survive outside the body? Like a teaspoon of blood for example. I know its a short time but minutes? hours, days?

How long does HIV survive outside the body? Like a teaspoon of blood for example.  I know its a short time but minutes? hours, days?

Very short time: Why do you ask? "A teaspoon of blood?" Where did you run into such a thing? Only you know what really happened, and especially, I'm concerned that you're doing needle drugs. This alone is a reason to get with your physician for help -- tell the truth and you may well save you life. If you have any reason to think you have contacted HIV, please get one of the new early-detection tests. Be brave. ...Read more

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How long does a baby survive after being born with HIV without medication?

How long does a baby survive after being born with HIV without medication?

1-2 years: According to experience in 1980's before antiretroviral therapy became available, those children with perinatally acquired HIV infection succumbed before age 2. ...Read more

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How long does HIV survive outside the body for? No CDC just honest answer.

Varies: It is important to bear in mind that while HIV may live for some time outside the body, HIV transmission has not been reported as a consequence of contact with spillages of blood, semen or other body fluids, although many healthcare workers do come into contact with hiv-infected body fluid. ...Read more

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If hiv blood drop in a battle of water and mix with the water .how long does hiv survive ?

Doesn't matter: Whether and how long HIV would survive in this situation does not matter. Nobody gets infected with HIV by drinking or otherwise coming into contact with contaminated water. Never; it does not happen. If you do not have sex or share drug injection equipment with an infected person, you will never catch HIV. Don't worry about it. ...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 a normal baby born with HIV with normal immunity(not HIV resistant) live without taking medication?Will it survive to be a teenager?

Not known: That is not really known. Each strain of HIV is different, and each human is different. You must know that your child should be seen by a specialist in HIV and get tests to determine what treatment is needed, if any. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does HIV in urine survive outside the body? Also can it be transmitted by contact with the palms? Theoretical explanation required with sci.

HIV paranoia: Please consider making an appointment today with either an HIV specialist or a mental health counselor. Hiv does not live or survive in urine. Hiv, as you have been taught numerous times, does not infect a person on the palms of their hands. The science of this has been expertly explained to you previously. I wish you well. But it is time for mental health intervention. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus survives in a condom if kept outside ? Exact time eg. 1 hr or 1 day?

No HIV: It does not survive outside. Not minutes. Not hours. One also does not contract HIV through normal skin from inanimate objects. You have now been told by several experts you gave no HIV risk. If you do not believe us why do you keep asking us the same question! ...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