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Virus Longevity on the Skin

Dec 22, 2000

Dear Dr.

How long does the HIV virus last outside of the body? Does it die immediately or with in a certain time frame? If your skin was exposed to it via oral sex (receiving) could you transfer the virus to someone else via vaginal sex 12 hrs. later? Please answer soon

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The virus, if present, can survive in liquids for several hours as long the liquid is not dried. I can not answer the question you pose as there is no data.


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