Aug 23, 2001
I read that HIV cannot survive on surfaces, is this true? I am concerned if let's say that someone wiht HIV left his body fluids such as blood on a surface, but wiped it off with tissue paper immediately, can traces of the virus still be found viable and infectious if someone's mucus membrane came into contact with this surface?
| Response from Ms. Breuer
Blood on a surface, wiped off immediately with tissue paper. Someone else's mucous membrane coming into contact with it. Which mucous membrane? I'm trying to imagine a scenario in which this would happen, and then trying to figure out how to talk about odds in a scenario that, as far as we know, has not led to any HIV infections.
There are so many theoreticals in the question that I think we'd better just talk about the fact that this virus needs immediate, intimate contact to be transmitted person to person. You're describing a situation that could lead to transmitting hepatitis B, though, because it's more hardy than HIV on a surface.
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