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How long HIV virus can survive in air tight syringe?

How long HIV virus can survive in air tight syringe?

No such thing: Please clarify what you mean and why you are asking. Are you planning on trying to harm someone? ...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


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Hi, I was diagnosed with HPV/ Genital Warts in March this year. How long does virus take to leave the body? And it is useful now to still vaccinated?

Hi, I was diagnosed with HPV/ Genital Warts in March this year. How long does virus take to leave the body? And it is useful now to still vaccinated?

Years/yes: The primary infection usually clears within 2 years spontaneously in people with a normal immune system. Many have visible warts removed (laser, frozen, chemical agents) but the germ itself will often hibernate in your system forever and may recur. The most recent vaccine helps protect against 2 wart strains and 7 cancer associated strains if you have never had them. You would get some benefit. ...Read more

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How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous (stuffed animals)& nonporous (door knobs)?

How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous (stuffed animals)& nonporous (door knobs)?

Surface cleaning: Not sure of any specific studies which would provide your answer. Would suggest you use soap and water and/or alcohol based cleaning solutions to clean the surfaces of contaminated areas. ...Read more

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How long does a virus stay alive on a living cell?

How long does a virus stay alive on a living cell?

Complicated viruses: It depends on which virus you're considering - the problem is there are so many viruses, it's really like a whole universe. Some viruses write themselves into our DNA - like HIV-1, hepatitis B virus - so they last as long as we live... Others are cleared out by the immune system, if recognized. So if you have a more specific Q about a certain virus, we can try to answer it. ...Read more

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How long does a virus last? Can it last months? I have been very ill and the doctors just say virus.

How long does a virus last? Can it last months? I have been very ill and the doctors just say virus.

DependsOnTheVirus: It dependson the virus.Most Viral Infection are short and self limited
But some viruses can cause long term illness ...Read more

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How long a HIV virus lives?

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 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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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 does HPV virus really live on a toilet seat?

How long does HPV virus really live on a toilet seat?

Toilet seat: There has never been documentation of any infection passing to an individual from a toilet seat. ...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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How long does noro virus last in a luggage? My dad got sick on vacation, and I'm wondering if I can still catch it. (We were on vacation in December)

How long does noro virus last in a luggage? My dad got sick on vacation, and I'm wondering if I can still catch it. (We were on vacation in December)

Probably no risk: I'm not aware of any research on whether luggage can carry norovirus for such a long time. However, there are also no scientific reports that anyone ever caught the virus from using contaminated luggage. If the luggage was directly contaminated, such as someone vomiting on it, clean it with a disinfectant soap. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How long is coxsackie virus contagious for?

How long is coxsackie virus contagious for?

Transmissability: The maximum risk of contagion lasts one week after the beginning of symptoms. The recovered person may remain mildly contagious for a couple of weeks after recovery. Pregnant women should be especially careful as they can pass down the infection to the fetus and coxsackie infection has been known to cause birth defects. ...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 can HIV virus survive on lipsticks? I used a HIV friend's lipstick that she used a month before.

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 does the virus live on chapstick, can I re infect myself by using my own chapstick later after I have had an earlier outbreak?

How long does the virus live on chapstick, can I re infect myself by using my own chapstick later after I have had an earlier outbreak?

Oral herpes?: You don't say what virus is on your mind, but I'm guessing you have recurrent oral herpes (cold sores). If so, you needn't worry at all. You are resistant to new infections with the same type of herpes (probably HSV1) and certainly cannot reinfect yourself with your own virus. Feel free to re-use the same chapstick. (It has a preservative that would kill HSV, but it woudn't matter if it didnt.) ...Read more

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How long can wart virus live outside the body?

How long can wart virus live outside the body?

Generally do not: Live or proliferate out side the body, possible may stay dormant for long time like any other virus. ...Read more

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How long would rabies virus last in the human skin?

How long would rabies virus last in the human skin?

See below: The virus in nonifectious when it dries out & exposed to sunlight. Many types of rabies virus exist (raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, bats) and are associated with a particular animal. Typically, the time from exposure to the virus until clinical sxs appear (aka incubation period) ranges from 1-3 months (sometimes days-years). Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is usually fatal. ...Read more

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How long can herpes virus stay dormant before initial outbreak?

Herpes simplex: If an acute initial outbreak is going to occur it will be within several days of acquisition of the virus. The virus will remain with you the rest of your life and may recur with outbreaks in an unpredictable fashion. Some never become symptomatic. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus survives in a condom if kept outside? Exact time eg. 1 hr or 1 day?

No HIV: It does not survive outside. Not minutes. Not hours. One also does not contract HIV through normal skin from inanimate objects. You have now been told by several experts you gave no HIV risk. If you do not believe us why do you keep asking us the same question! ...Read more

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How long can herpes virus last outside the body in a freezer? Like if an infected person touches icecube and put it in freezer. How long will it last

How long can herpes virus last outside the body in a freezer? Like if an infected person touches icecube and put it in freezer. How long will it last

Throw out the ice: Chance of transmitting herpes this way is slim. But you can get more ice. Throw it out if you still have it. Dilution in water inactivates the virus. Labs preserve it a different way. ...Read more

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How long does HIV virus live once on counter if blood spill?

How long does HIV virus live once on counter if blood spill?

HIV: life outside: Hiv needs a host or culture in a range of the average body temperature. Outside a body, the virus is fragile and dies within minutes if it is allowed to dry up. Hiv can sometimes stay alive for days inside needles of used syringes because there is enough blood to keep it from drying out. ...Read more

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How long can aids virus mixed with blood and saliva live outside of the body?

How long can aids virus mixed with blood and saliva live outside of the body?

HIV is hard to get: Probably seconds... If that. This persistent question is getting tiresome. Please state your real purpose for repeatedly asking this type of question. Why, at 70, are you persistently and rudely ignoring the repeated answer? ...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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If I took a sip from a friends straw but she didn't have a cold sore or anything and I don't know if she gets them how long can the virus live on astraw?

Herpes: 75% of americans have herpes. It is more likely that you are already have herpes than not. If you have not had the blood test for herpes then that has to happen before you worry about other infections. But, in this scenario it is possible if there is immediate exposure to your friend's straw to getting virus if they have herpes. There is no standard time to consider. Please get tested. ...Read more

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If you have a period and you wipe it with tissue and you have aids. How long would the virus survive in that blood?

If you have a period and you wipe it with tissue and you have aids. How long would the virus survive in that blood?

Minutes: Hiv virus is a fairly unstable virus very much depend on the body temperature. It doesn't survive well in the environment. Although, it's hard to predict how long the virus would be active on a bloody shot pad, it's a matter of minutes only. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore and how long does the virus reside on my pillowcases and sheets once I get out of bed and how often should I wash the bedding?

Not long: Herpes virus lives a very short time on dry surfaces, especially sheets. The risk of transmission via sheets is exceedingly low. The virus sheds in body fluids (saliva) so as long as your pillow isn't saturated you should be fine. Cleaning frequency is up to you :). ...Read more