|Virus survival outside the body
Nov 6, 2002
I am a highschool freshman doing a comprehensive report on HIV - virology, history, prevention and other interesting information.
I know it is hard to answer, but can you give an approximate survival time for 1ml of infected blood on a surface (any surface) exposed to room temperature / fresh air. Is it most likely minutes, seconds, or hours? I this is impossible to answer but I wish to provide a ballpark figure for my class. I will note to them that it is purely an educated guess based on many unknown factors. Thanks in advance!
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
As long as it is wet, it is potentially infectious. Thus, it would be longer than minutes and shorter than hours.
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