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Dead Viruses

Jun 3, 1997

If a dead HIV virus enters your bloodstream can it still harm you in any way?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Once the HIV virus is "dead", it is totally harmless. It cannot be reactivated, or made alive again. It therefore would be totally harmless. Remember, the HIV virus dies very rapidly outside the human body. The longer it is outside the body, the weaker it gets and the less the chance for transmission to occur. Once the virus "dies ", the virus is harmless, and will no longer lead to infection.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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