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If HIV virus won't live more than 1min the how come vaginal fluid having HIV on cloth exposed outside wiped at tip of penis can cause HIV infection?

If HIV virus won't live more than 1min the how come vaginal fluid having HIV on cloth exposed outside wiped at tip of penis can cause HIV infection?

Wrong assumption!: HIV virus can survive for weeks, outside the body, depending on the composition of the fluid containing the virus and ambient temperature. The infectivity depends on contact with skin that may have abrasions, open sore or other wounds. See this site for more info. http://www.aidsmap.com/Survival-outside-the-body/page/1321278/ ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 can the HIV virus live outside a human body? If the body fluid it is in is dry, would the virus die?

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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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

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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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Hi, how long can an HIV virus last outside human body (like on needle or something) that it can be considered a risk?

Hi, how long can an HIV virus last outside human body (like on needle or something) that it can be considered a risk?

HIV virus: Hiv is extremely sensitive to fluctuations in temperature.Outside of the human body, the virus dies within minutes. The one place that HIV has been shown to survive for extended periods of time (several days) is in needles used with syringes; the needles frequently contain enough blood to prevent the HIV from drying out. ...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?

Dormant? : Overall it takes about 7 years from acquisition of the virus until the development of aids but the virus is not dormant. It is quite busy. ...Read more

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How long can HIV virus survive outside human body in dried blood & liquid blood under normal circumstances ?

It doesn't: It doesn't survive. There is no transmission of HIV in this scenario at all. There are other viruses such as hepatitis c or hepatitis b. But, HIV does not survive at all and is not a risk in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Normally, how long would the hiv/ aids virus live in the body once a person passes away?

Less than a day?: I don't know of a study on this but in general most viruses don't survive long in dead tissue. Attempts to culture virus post-mortem are usually done as quicly as possible for that reason. I would suspect the success of such a culture more than 24 hours after death would be low. ...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)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more