|Yet another confusing thing about this virus
May 26, 2010
This question is quick, I promise! Definately not like some of the novels I've read on here..
How can the virus live in a needle at all? Even if there is blood in the syringe or bore. The environment a needle would provide isn't the same as that of a human body.
I can see direct immediate contact with a needle infecting soemone, of course. But one that's been laying in a park or on a street..I just can't see there being a risk, really. It's been subjected to the elements and such.
Thank you! Keep up the great work!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
HIV can survive for days (depending on viral load, viral strain, ambient temperature, etc.) in the small amount of blood that remains in a needle after use on an HIV-positive person. This is because the tainted blood is trapped in the airtight space of the hollow bore of the needle.
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