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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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