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Follow up question to ms.southhall
Feb 4, 2014

Hi there ms shannon, Ive been reading youre answers through out the forum, I have quoted this line " HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding". So do you mean that the exposure should be PROLONGED enough so that the virus can begin to contract? How about 5 seconds? Is it enough for it to be transferred?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi When I talk about prolong exposure this is answering transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid for a prolonged period of time (for example: a blood soaked shirt of a health care worker that remained while she performed CPR). As for sexual transmission it is the direct exchange of body fluid which happens when there is an unprotected encounter. There is no "safe" amount of time. 5 seconds to 5 minutes to 50 minutes, any time exposure to HIV you put yourself at risk.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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