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How long can HIV live on surfaces?

How long can HIV live on surfaces?

Varies: Hiv can stay alive in wet body fluids in-vitro for a number of hour, like a day or so. Please consult cdc for more precise information. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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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?

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 more

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Living with HIV (Checklist)

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How long will hep c and HIV live on the bottom of your shoes. If it is dry blood would it transferr on other surfaces just by walking on it?

How long will hep c and HIV live on the bottom of your shoes. If it is dry blood would it transferr on other surfaces just by walking on it?

Stop worrying: You're not going to get HIV or hepatitis c from your shoes. These are thoughts that you should not be having. If this obsession is ongoing, please see a competent therapist who can help you get back in control of your fears. ...Read more

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How long does HIV remains on a surface?

How long does HIV remains on a surface?

HIV: This virus does not tolerate drying, heat, cold, or any noxious substances very well and dies quickly. If the surface has moist cell containing fluids on it they may survive until complete drying and death of the cells takes place. It is very rare that HIV is transmitted through inanimate objects, unless they are contaminated with moist body fluids containing the virus. ...Read more

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How long does HIV live on air?

How long does HIV live on air?

HIV is very: Sensitive to environmental exposure and does not last longer . I think you wanted to know whether HIV can be transmitted airborne. The answer would be no. Hiv is strictly body fluid related infection including sexual intercourse , contaminated blood and blood product transfusion , skin or blood vessels pricked by sharp object that contain contaminated ( hiv) containing body fluid ...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?

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

Dr. Robert Killian
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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

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