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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

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?

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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.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

How long can hiv live on surfaces?

Varies

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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.
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How long does HIV remains on a surface?

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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.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Timothy Durkee answered:

How long do HIV symptons begin to surface and show after a person has been infected with the virus.

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the simple answer is, if this is a possibility, see an infectious disease physician now
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How long does hiv live on air?

HIV is very

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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 .
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How long does HIV live outside the body? I heard a couple seconds.

It varies.

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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.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

How long does hiv live in semen and is dried cum still infectious?

Varies

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It depends upon physical factors like how rapidly the semen dries, the temperature, where the semen is deposited, etc. This virus seldom survives long outside of the body unless it has a cell carrier. Semen can provide that as long as it remains wet. Once it is completely dry the virus will die.
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How long does hiv symptoms last?

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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.
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How long does HIV seroconversion take?

Varies with person

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Generally 2 weeks to 3 months, but there have been reports of people having delayed seroconversion. There are many doctors who think most of these people had more recent reexposures rather than delayed responses, but hard to always document clearly.
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