Can Hiv Be Transmitted Outside The Host's Body

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hiv outside the host

Dr. Bob,We have all read that hiv does not survive well outside the body, but what exactly happens to it when it leaves the host? Does the cell wall collapse, or do the glycoproteins get degraded, or does the capsid "burst", or etc..? Have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

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The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...cells, for example). HIV does not survive without viable host cells. Hence, when HIV and/or HIV-infected cells are outside of the body, they cannot survive. As for what happens to capsids, glycoproteins and genetic strands, etc. that depends on... Read more »

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