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Virus in water
Oct 15, 2001

Dear Ryan, First of all congratulations for your work. Just a quick question. Is the HIV virus still active (and thus can it still infect somebody) after being in water in contact with the air for more than a week? Thanking you in advance for your answer.

Response from Mr. Kull

The virus does not survive long outside of the body (that includes being in water). It is highly, highly unlikely that one would become infected by coming into contact with water. There is no evidence that HIV is transmitted this way, and HIV has never been transmitted through casual contact.

See my response to "Hot Tubs" (http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/Hepatitis/Q62052.qna) for more info.

RMK



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