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How long HIV does live outside the body? If it is a tiny or little more amount of fluid? How long it takes the virus to die in a fluid wet or dry?

How long HIV does live outside the body? If it is a tiny or little more amount of fluid? How long it takes the virus to die in a fluid wet or dry?

Why: It doesn't survive. But that doesn't matter. Hiv is not caught by touching it or the fluid it may be living in. That is very well understood. What is your specific concern? ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 it take for the HIV antibodies to show up after initial exposure to the virus?

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How long does it take for the HIV antibodies to show up after initial exposure to the virus?

Up to 10months 4 AB+: Depending on the route and the amount of viral exposure may determine the amnt of time for ab dev. Symptoms can start as early as 2-4wks, can be vague and flu like. If with high enough suspicion, docs may choose to treat you with antiviral therapy even prior to ab+. Hiv med is so ever changing that unfort infectious dz docs best source help. Only some primary docs can keep up w. Hiv med. ...Read more

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My son takes atripla and was told he won't spread the HIV virus as long as he is on this med?

My son takes atripla and was told he won't spread the HIV virus as long as he is on this med?

If undetectable: People with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable HIV viral load in their blood are extremely unlikely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HIV to show up in a baby, if he caught the virus from the mother?

How long does it take for HIV to show up in a baby, if he caught the virus from the mother?

Show up?: Not sure what you mean by "show up". It may be capable of being diagnosed rapidly (within days) if a PCR for viral RNA is done on the baby's blood. Whether it will produce rapid changes in the baby's immune processes is quite variable. Antibody testing should wait for some weeks after baby is borne since they may be carrying the mother's antibodies and the time for clearance is variable. ...Read more

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Is soap kill hiv aids or how long it takes to die hiv aids in dettol antiseptic it inactive the virus but how long it take to kill the virus in it?

Why do you ask?: HIV outside the body is extremely fragile. It's transmitted only by exchange of fresh body fluids. Antiseptics are basically superfluous in preventing AIDS transmission. Viruses aren't even really alive, and "inactivated" is as good as gone. ...Read more

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How long does the HIV virus live on a razor blade?

How long does the HIV virus live on a razor blade?

TilL dries few HOUR: Cdc has conducted many studies on HIV concentrations outside the body, when these are dried, the virus is reduced by 90to99% over several hours, these concentrations were much higher than they will be outside lab, making theoretical envorenmental transmission outside the body to zero. ...Read more

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How long does the HIV virus last inside drops of blood on a metal surface?

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 a HIV virus lives?

A few hours: Although HIV can survive outside the body for a few hours in certain bodily fluids, it cannot function when dry. The virus cannot infect some one unless it enters the body. ...Read more

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How long does a HIV virus lives?

A few hours: Although HIV can survive outside the body for a few hours in certain bodily fluids, it cannot function when dry. The virus cannot infect some one unless it enters the body. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus live in the air?

How long can HIV virus live in the air?

HIV: Cdc laboratory studies have shown that drying HIV reduces the viral amounts by 90 to 99 percent within several hours. There have been no cases of HIV that were transmitted from contaminated surfaces. ...Read more

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For how long can the HIV virus live in open?

For how long can the HIV virus live in open?

No worries re: HIV: HIV -the virus that causes AIDS is acquired from sexual activity or injection drug use. You cannot get HIV infection from blood outside the body -since once it leaves the body it dies right away. This is obviously a good thing. For some viruses though, like Hepatitis B -they CAN survive outside the body. In India there's some Hep B there. There is a Hep B vaccine you can get. Hope you can be safe. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus live outside a human being?

How long does HIV virus live outside a human being?

Not long: Viruses are critters which live inside cells and must have nutrients of a cell to remain alive. Most will die rapidly after leaving the body unless retained in body fluids within cells in those fluids. This takes varying times to resolve. As a general rule HIV is not transmittable casually. It needs direct tissue contact. Blood, shared needles, sex, organ transplant. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus survive in the environment?

Depends: Please consult this site for information.

http://www. Aidsmap. Com/Survival-outside-the-body/page/1321278/ ...Read more

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How long could HIV virus remain active in a person's body without manifesting itself?

How long could HIV virus remain active in a person's body without manifesting itself?

Depends on person: Hiv can be clinically "latent" (present but causing no symptoms) for periods of months to years with some people being infected for up to 8 to 10 years without serious symptoms. This period of time is unique to every person and depends upon other factors such as other illnesses, nutrition, baseline health, age, etc... People with "dormant" disease are still potentially infectious to others. ...Read more

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Is it easy to tranmite HIV virus if I am 0.0 not dedectable and how long life quality do I have with HIV I am 26 yrs old male and been under art.

Is it easy to tranmite HIV virus if I am 0.0 not dedectable and how long life quality do I have with HIV I am 26 yrs old male and been under art.

Safe sex needed: Undetectable virus does not necessarily mean zero virus in your body, so exposing anyone to your blood or semen should be avoided. We can not predict how much quality time anyone has to live. Keeping viral load at non detectable levels gives the best chance for a life free from complications of HIV infection ...Read more

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They told me as long as your HIV virus is not detected your not in danger. I ask my HIV expert and he told me as long as you took your pills its oky?

They told me as long as your HIV virus is not detected your not in danger. I ask my HIV expert and he told me as long as you took your pills its oky?

HIV & AIDS: The assurance of " ok " & "not in danger"should be good for you. If you just have hiv, these medications will prevent you changing into aids. Hiv positive people live normal and longer life now a days. Please take your medications & tests faithfully. For your mood & irritability & hopelessness see psychiatrist for antidepressant. Also read http://doctorrajput. Com. Thanks. ...Read more

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I know39 years old man who just found out he has HIV he got the virus when he was 8 oldhe lived 31 years without medications how long HIV person live?

Depends: If someone has HIV they sometimes can live many years without symptoms. Different people's bodies deal with the virus in different ways. A few people seem to clear it on their own without treatment. In others it lies dormant and later becomes active. Everyone is different. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus survive in dried semen?

HIV: Cdc says that drying of body fluids will reduce the viral load by 99% within several hours. There have been no cases documented to have been transmitted by infected fluids off surfaces. ...Read more

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Anyone know how long the HIV virus can live in semen?

Anyone know how long the HIV virus can live in semen?

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. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus remain dormant in a person's body?

How long does HIV virus remain dormant in a person's body?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by dormant. Blood tests are generally positive within a few weeks of infection, and many people develop temporary symptoms during acute infection. However, after recovery from acute infection, you may have no symptoms for many years. On average, it takes 10 years to progress to aids without treatment. ...Read more

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How long after getting in contact with the HIV virus can u find out u are infected?

How long after getting in contact with the HIV virus can u find out u are infected?

It depends: Let's say someone has unprotected sex and the condom breaks, so they come to urgent care for evaluation. They may be offered HIV medicines to decrease the risk of infection. They also receive an HIV antibody test then, and at 6 wks, 3 months, and 6 months. If they develop symptoms that could be acute hiv, then they have a viral load checked since it can be detected wks to months before antibodies. ...Read more

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What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

Variable: It depends on may factors, such as strain of virus, drug use by person, any treatment given, co-infections with other viruses, e.g. hepatitis. It takes a few years, like 10 or so to develop AIDS. ...Read more

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What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

What is the length of time it takes to develop AIDS after the exposure to the HIV virus?

Variable: It depends on the strain of virus, drug use, other infections like hepatitis, any treatment given etc. Usually it take some thing like ten years to from infection to AIDS. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus survive on lipsticks? I used a HIV friend's lipstick that she used a month before.

Little risk: Even if your friend has HIV, there is minimal risk. If you wish to be tested get a HIV nucleic acid test in 6 months, if that is negative it would rule out HIV.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How long can the HIV virus live outside a human body? If the body fluid it is in is dry, would the virus die?

Within few hours: Cdc has conducted many studies on HIV concentrations outside the body, when these are dried, the virus is reduced by 90to99% over several hours, these concentrations were much higher than they will be outside lab, making theoretical envorenmental transmission outside the body to zero. ...Read more

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Hiv virus stay how long in sharp instrument e.G razor blade?

Fragile virus: This virus will die very quickly out of the body. On the other hand, if you are using a sharp implement previously used by somebody with HIV disease (which is not smart), and it has fresh blood on it, this can well transmit HIV if you then cut yourself. This entire scenario is quite improbable. If you get HIV it is from sex or exchange of intimate body fluids like blood through shared needles. ...Read more

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Can one take HIV pills even if you are not infected with the virus?

Can one take HIV pills even if you are not infected with the virus?

HIV Prevention: Yes. Of course. Many people are using some of these meds when they are at risk of infection as a way to prevent infection. I would l like to know more about your motivations and what medications you are most interested in specifically. ...Read more

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


Virus (Definition)

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