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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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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 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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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 the HIV virus last inside drops of blood on a metal surface ?

Doesn't matter: This doesn't matter. Nobody in the world ever caught HIV from exposure to blood or other body fluids in the environment. Whether HVI survies or not is irrelvant: if exposed to "blood on a metal surface" you are not at risk for HIV. ...Read more

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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 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? I heard a couple seconds.

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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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 does HIV live in semen and is dried cum still infectious?

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

Varies: 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. ...Read more

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How long does HIV live outside the body? Does heat kill it faster?

How long does HIV live outside the body? Does heat kill it faster?

HIV dies right away: HIV cannot live outside of the body -which is a very good thing. So if you're worried about an 'exposure' at least this is in your favor. It's always good to practice safe sex though-esp. in this modern age. I see many young people not paying attention to their own safety-and sadly a number of new cases are occurring. Most of these are in gay young men in their 20s. Be safe. Check with a doc if Qs ...Read more

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How long can HIV go undetected?

A long time: Most patients have a viral like illness at the time of infection followed by months or years without any symptoms what so ever. If you have placed yourself at risk the best advice I have is to get tested. ...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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Can I live a long life with hiv?

Can I live a long life with hiv?

HIV infection: The current outlook for HIV infection is excellent. If one gets diagnosed promptly, follows the doctor's advice, and takes the recommended medications faithfully, it is possible to live a full normal life span. ...Read more

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How long could HIV symptoms occur?

Complicated answer: The question you asked is a difficult one. Only about 30% of people at initial infection will experience any kind of symptomatology such as night sweats lymph node swelling or diarrhea. In general terms it's believed to take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to effectively dismantle the immune system enough to start getting what we referred to as opportunistic and life-threatening infections. ...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 can a baby with HIV live for?

How long can a baby with HIV live for?

Very long: Properly treated there are HIV infected children now into their 20's+. The hope is that they will remain healthy on medication until cure becomes a reality. ...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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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