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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

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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 does HIV last in dried semen?

How long does HIV last in dried semen?

HIV: In certain conditions, the virus can survive outside the body for several weeks. Survival depends on the body fluid, volume of the 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 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?

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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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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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.

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?

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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How long does HIV blood stay alive for outside the body?

How long does HIV blood stay alive for outside the body?

HIV: This is a fragile virus. Even when contained in a body fluid drying will diminish the viral concentration by 99% within several hours. Heat and cold kill it rapidly. ...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 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 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

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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 HIV symptoms last?

HIV: Symptoms of acute HIV disease, when they occur, are highly variable in duration and there is no way to predict in individual patients how long they are going to last. ...Read more

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How long the symptoms last of hiv?

How long the symptoms last of hiv?

HIV: Symptoms of acute onset HIV infection may last 6 to 12 weeks, but this is quite variable from individual to individual. ...Read more

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How long does early HIV sympthoms last?

HIV infection: Most people who get HIV do not have any 'early symptoms'. Some people get the worst 'flu' of their lives.

The bigger story here is that if anyone has a high risk exposure there is a way to prevent infection. But, one must act within 72 hours of the exposure for this miracle to work.

I would be more interested to know you symptoms and why you think it may be hiv. ...Read more

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How long do the early symptoms of HIV last?

Variable: Not all HIV infected individuals have early symptoms. These symptoms are like a flu and may last a few days to a few months. See this site for more info.
http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/hiv-in-your-body/stages-of-hiv/. ...Read more

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I've been with my partner for just over 12years, last year he was told he has HIV, he takes no meds, his cd count is 500+ how long has he had HIV?

I've been with my partner for just over 12years, last year he was told he has HIV, he takes no meds, his cd count is 500+ how long has he had HIV?

It could be years: There's no way to know duration of your partner's HIV infection from this information. With near normal CD4 count, it's likely he has had it less than 5 years, but some people maintain their CD4 levels for 10+ years. It is a concern and surprise if he hasn't told you about his HIV for over a year. You may be at very high risk yourself. Get tested ASAP and start using condoms with him. ...Read more

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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