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Aug 4, 1999

Hello me again, Thank you for responding so quickly.I have Another quest. (colostomy bag insident) I have been told that the virus doesnt live in fecal material. Is this true? I have also been told that it would take a large amount of blood to splash into my eyes. I have also heard that the virus dies outside of the body. How long do you think the virus could live in a colostomy bag in fecal material. My doctor has told me not to worry that it would take a clot of blood in my eye in order to infect me and since i didnt see any visible blood on my face or eye that I should not worry, Should I trust their advice or should I still be tested at three months. Do you feel that the blood supply in america is safe? Thank you again.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

HIV has been found in stool, although I don't think there has been a report of infection from the exposure that you describe. Your doc is probably correct.Remember though, there are other viruses and billions of bacteria in stool. MH



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