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Is there any research?
Jan 23, 2012

Doctor Lisa Hightow-Weidman i would like to inform if has been made a research about how much quantity (due to viral load) of possitive body fluid must get in a wound to have infection from hiv?

i resently read an article about hiv durability and it is said that hiv dies within a split of second when leaves the body host. Is it true or it must pass some time to be definitely sure that hiv has died? Sorry for my english.

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello

HIV does not live for very long outside of a human host but I am not aware of any research that says it only lives for "a split second". We do know that the more virus in the blood (or semen) the higher to risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. The exact amount isn't known but if people are on medications to treat HIV and the level of the virus in their blood is undetectable, the chance of transmitting is low. Not zero but low.

Take care

LHW



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