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Lifespan Of Virus In A Needle

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lifespan of virus in needle

Hi thereI've read that HIV can only survive outside the body for a few minutes...how long does it survive inside a needle though?Hope you can answerThanks...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Several variables will effect the length of survival/viability of HIV in a syringe or hollow-bore needle. The volume of blood in the needle, the HIV titer (or the amount of virus in the blood), and temperatures the needle is exposed to will have... Read more »

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Experimental Treatment Lengthens Lifespan of Monkeys With Simian Version of HIV, Study Says

Macaque monkeys with simian immunodeficiency virus -- the simian equivalent of HIV -- that received a single dose of an experimental treatment survived nearly twice as long as monkeys who did not receive the drug, according to a study published... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

NYC Commission on HIV/AIDS Report Recommends Condom Distribution, Needle Exchange, HIV Testing to Slow Spread of Virus

The New York City Commission on HIV/AIDS on Monday released a draft report recommending increased condom distribution, the establishment of needle exchanges and routine HIV testing to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS in the city, the New York Times ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Prisoners Sharing More Than Dirty Needles

The recent National Prison Entrants' Blood-Borne Virus Survey found that 34 percent of Australian prisoners are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), compared to 1 percent of the general community. The report showed that 56 percent of injecting... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Full Participation in Harm Reduction Programs Is Associated With Decreased Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis C Virus: Evidence From the Amsterdam Cohort Studies Among Drug Users

In this study, researchers explored the link between participation in harm reduction programs and HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence among ever-injecting drug users enrolled in the Amsterdam Cohort Studies. Poisson regression was used to... Read more »
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