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How long does HIV virus live outside a human being?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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