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How Long Does Hiv Live On Surfaces
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
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
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
How long HIV blood survive outside the body on surfaces? Some say instant death HIV won't survive once hits air Others say 1week once blood has dried Some knowledge would really help thank you for help
How long do HIV symptoms begin to surface and show after a person has been infected with the virus.
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?
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
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
How long does HIV live outside the body? Does the fluid need to be dry or can it die before it dries?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Near normal lifespan: With timely diagnosis and treatment for hiv, several studies have estimated that people living with HIV can have a near normal life expectancy. Be sure to know your HIV status since there are effective treatments. (http://www. Retroconference. Org/2012b/abstracts/44961.Htm ; http://www. Thelancet. Com/journals/lancet/article/piis0140673608611137/abstract). ...Read more
A normal life: The name of the game is getting diagnosed early...And by early I mean before your CD4 cell count gets anywhere near the 200 mark. The best way to manage the disease is to keep a strong immune system. The data now shows with appropriate treatment the lifespan of an HIV infected individual is a mere few years shoerter than if never HIV infected. ...Read more
HIV window period: Most people develop HIV antibodies within 2-8 weeks of their infection. The average is 25 days. 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies in the first 3 months. Rarely, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibody. If there's concern about acute hiv, a test that measures HIV RNA viral load can be done. The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is estimated 9–11 days. Talk with md. ...Read more
Indeterminate: It can take several weeks/months to seroconvert positive after an exposure to hiv. Symptoms may not occur until even longer depending on the individuals current condition, etc. For example, if someone is already immonulogically compromised, then the may get symptoms quicker, whereas if someone is generally healthy, they may not show symptoms for quite some time. If exposed, see dr. ; get tested. ...Read more
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
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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