|Virus In Water
Sep 26, 2001
When we talk about how infectious the infected blood is when exposed to air, we normally know that the HIV virus dies after the blood dries up.
But what about if the blood is present in a bottle of mineral water? And I drank it? I mean the blood won't be able to dry up in this case, so will the HIV virus also die in this case?
Please reply as I have post this question over and over again! I beg you reply!
| Response from Dr. Young
I would not expect HIV to survive very long in mineral water. The virus structure has a lipid membrane, these structures don't like being in liquids that don't have the same salt properties (osmotic) as human blood or tissue.
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