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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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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If hiv blood drop in a battle of water and mix with the water. How long does hiv survive?

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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Does HIV survive in tap water?

Does HIV survive in tap water?

For a very short: Time. The exact time is not known to me, but a person is not likely to get infected from exposure to "hiv" in a swimming pool. ...Read more

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Can HIV virus survive in water?

Can HIV virus survive in water?

Why do you ask?: One thing we know is that people simply don't get HIV infections from swimming pools. Stop worrying. During the bad years when there was no treatment, not a single household contact of an AIDS patients became infected without sex. Live richly and don't let unrealistic fears stop you from doing the things that you love. ...Read more

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How long does hep/HIV live on dried blood outside the body and does it reactivate with water if you cleaned something would you expose yourself to it?

How long does hep/HIV live on dried blood outside the body and does it reactivate with water if you cleaned something would you expose yourself to it?

HIV: HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce.
Hep c could survive outside the body on s surface for up to 4 days but usually for 16 hours. ...Read more

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Can HIV blood survive in sealed water bottle in fridge.

Can HIV blood survive in sealed water bottle in fridge.

No: The HIV virus does not survive for very long at all outside the human body and then would not survive well in contact with your saliva and acidic saliva if swallowed even if it were remarkably still viable which again, I would highly highly doubt. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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How long would HIV infected semen live in the water of a toilet bowl that's been mixed with urine and feces? And the toilet is flushed frequently?

How long would HIV infected semen live in the water of a toilet bowl that's been mixed with urine and feces? And the toilet is flushed frequently?

It doesn't: It doesn't. Period. End of worry. Why would anyone ask this question? It is extremely bizarre. Please clarify if you do not understand how impossible this scenario is for risk of infection. ...Read more

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Does HIV survive in blood if in tap water within the toilet bowl? Does tap water immediately kill the virus?

Does HIV survive in blood if in tap water within the toilet bowl? Does tap water immediately kill the virus?

Probably minutes: HIV virus does not thrive that well when outside of the body and thus I don't expect it to survive at most a few minutes when in toilet water Your risk in getting HIV from unprotected sex is way way higher. ...Read more

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Can HIV be transmitted through water?

Can HIV be transmitted through water?

No: The HIV virus is spread by blood to blood contact such as an IV drug abuser sharing a needle with another and by unprotected sexual contact. It can also be spread from mother to child during birth or breast feeding. It is not spread through ingesting water. ...Read more

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Could I have HIV from sharing water?

Could I have HIV from sharing water?

No: It has been reliably documented that the HIV virus is only passed through blood or semen. It is not passed through saliva, tears, feces, urine, or sweat. You cannot get it from sharing water, whether it be drinking water or bath water. ...Read more

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Hiv can you get HIV from dirty toliet water? If not can you catch anything else by dirty toilet water.

Unlikely: It is potentially possible but rarely if ever reported. I suspect that the chlorinated water may play a role in keeping the germs down. Even if the water is contaminated, it is not ingested and thus the risk of getting infection from toilet water is unlikely although esthetically repulsive. ...Read more

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Can I get HIV if my water base lube was contaminated with HIV+ fluid.?

No risk, no worry: The chance of HIV contamination of sexual lubricant is almost zero, and even if that happened, there would be no significant risk of transmission. You won't get HIV sexually unless you have unprotected sex with an infected partner. ...Read more

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Can I get HIV if my water base lube was contaminated with HIV+ fluid.?

Can I get HIV if my water base lube was contaminated with HIV+ fluid.?

No risk: Almost certainly no risk. However, if you have reason to believe the lubricant has somehow been contaminated, e.g. with another person's genital fluids, discard it and buy some more. Even though the risk is nil, probably you will continue to worry about it. And lube is cheap, so just toss it out. ...Read more

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What are my chances of HIV with condom, 2 time exposur. Did water test to ensure condom didn't break. It didn't.

What are my chances of HIV with condom, 2 time exposur. Did water test to ensure condom didn't break. It didn't.

INFECTION RISK: Question is too difficult to answer in 400 characters. Here is a link to a resource that may help you better determine your personal category/risk: http://betablog. Org/studies-shed-light-on-hiv-risk-and-prevention/ ...Read more

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I was using the bathroom and I have a cut on my anus. Some water splashed up and got in my cut. Is there any way I can get HIV from that?

HIV comes from sex,: Not from toilet water.
Nevertheless, if you are worried about HIV please get tested. Testing is easily available for free many places. ...Read more

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Gave & received protected oral. Did water check & condom was intact. Do not know if the person whom I gave bj had latex. Hiv chance in both scenario?

Gave & received protected oral. Did water check & condom was intact. Do not know if the person whom I gave bj had latex. Hiv chance in both scenario?

Depends: In general oral sex has a low rate of transmission of HIV. However, an open or bleeding sore of the mouth or genitals would increase the risk. Condom use is however advised. Don't forget you can get HPV and gonorrhea of the throat from oral sex, not to mention spreading herpes. ...Read more

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Urine that had been in water touched open wounds can I get hepatitis or hiv?

Urine sterile: Urine is usually a sterile body fluid. However, if the person making the urine for some reason had blood in their urine, then blood borne organisms could be transferred in the urine. And hot water alone would usually not kill them. We are talking a whole lot of "ifs" here though, so I really would not be too worried unless there was urine that was visibly bloody. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV by drinking out of someone else's water bottle that might have had blood on the bottle top? Spat it out 1-2 mins later.

Can you get HIV by drinking out of someone else's water bottle that might have had blood on the bottle top? Spat it out 1-2 mins later.

No: I would say you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning 3 times than catching HIV from blood on a bottle top. HIV virus cannot survive on environmental surfaces like plastic (or water). ...Read more

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Is there a risk of contracting any serious illness such as hiv from dirty shower water leaking into my flat and on my bed? Please help.

Not HIV: But if the area gets infested with molds, some people may become allergic to them and develop conditions such as allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, or less commonly recurrent pneumonia-like disease from an altered immune reaction to the molds. If you are ill, get out of the place until the problem has been fixed. ...Read more

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A lady at the gym poured some of her water into my water bottle it was already water that had been drinkin from her can I get HIV or herpes 2?

A lady at the gym poured some of her water into my water bottle it was already water that had been drinkin from her can I get HIV or herpes 2?

Not from the water: I'm glad you're going to the gym and I'm glad you're health-conscious. I'm also sorry that somebody at the gym did something so inappropriate. If I'm understanding correctly, you ought to mention it to the manager. Truth be told, being aware is good, but HIV and herpes don't travel between people this way. Enjoy fitness and don't let unrealistic fears of virus stop you. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv if you are injured with infected sharp oblect wich is previosly cleaned with running water than soaked in desificient and dryed.

Unlikely: I assume the sharp object was contaminated with HIV infected blood or other bodily fluid. If that's the case get the HIV test NOW and then repeat the test if negative. The window period can be from 9 days to 3-6 months however the risk of infection is still low if that object was Properly disinfected. ...Read more

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So if I cleaned dried without gloves witg soap and water I would have to worry about hep because HIV would die instantly on glass and hep will stay?

Stop worrying: Obviously, no scientist is going to waste his/her and everybody else's time determining whether hep B is infectious in a dried splotch. I would be amazed if it were. And I would be extremely surprised if you contracted hepatitis B from washing dried blood off a window. Janitorial staffers in hospitals would catch the illness frequently if it were this infectious. They don't. Get on with your life. ...Read more

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A coworker and friend just told me that she has hiv/aids. A couple days ago, she took a drink from my water and I drank after her. Could I be at risk?

No: You're young and understandably are frightened of what's still a scary disease. You can't catch HIV this way. Period. But I'm glad you asked. ...Read more

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I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds I did not saw a blood in it but if there's a blood in in

I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds I did not saw a blood in it but if there's a blood in in

No risk, no worry: It is not possible to catch HIV from this kind of event, even if an HIV infected person drank from the bottle before you did. Have only safe sex and don't share drug injection equipment with other people, and you'll never get HIV. Don't worry about it. ...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