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Can Hiv Live On Home Surfaces

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Flu Season and Living With HIV

...also help reduce the number of infections. Infections often occur when you touch your hands to your mucus membranes, like those in your mouth, nose and eyes. Another way to prevent infection is by not coming into contact with surfaces that others have touched, especially in public areas like a bus or restroom. Handling toys, handrails, doorknobs, phones, counters and even money that was touched by someone with the flu can expose you to the...
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hep B surface antibody negative

I completed the 3 shots of hep B vaccination about 6 years ago. I didn't check if the vaccine was working after the third shot at that time. Recently, I have done a hep B antigen and surface antibody test. I found that the hep B surface antibody...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...minority of people, they may not show evidence of surface antibody, even after the three injections. This could be related to HIV status and the degree of immune suppression (how low the CD4 count is). Some times a booster shot (or giving it... Read more »

hep b for hiv+

what are the panel of tests for a hep & hiv coinfection patient?how shall i tell my doctor regarding those tests?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...If you have HIV, you should have testing for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), Hepatitis B core (anti-HBcore) and/or Hepatitis B surface antibody Read more »

HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator

HIV does not live long outside of the body. Can you please advise me how long?
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...HIV does poorly in dry enviornments. So if a drop of blood containing HIV is left out on a surface, the HIV concentration drops Read more »


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...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...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... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida: "Reaching the Surface" Raises HIV/AIDS Awareness With Music, Dance

...HIV prevention at upcoming performances in Miami. "Reaching the Surface" is targeted toward minorities and youth at risk for HIV/AIDS. Ronderrick Mitchell, a New World School of the Arts dance major, is both a performer in the program and a... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida: AIDS Era Surfaced Early in South Florida

... Twenty-five years ago, CDC's initial report on HIV/AIDS described cases in five gay men in Los Angeles. Subsequently, more reports of cases among gay men emerged mostly in New Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...found to be infected, it can assist in getting early treatment and avoiding infecting others. For more information, refer to " HIV/AIDS among Women Who Have Sex with Women ." Can I get HIV from getting a tattoo or through body piercing? A... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of Read more »
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Hiv survival on organic surfaces (e.g. skin, hair)

Posted by Antre, 2 Replies
...asking this question but I still have a question (maybe due to the fact that I do not have medical knowledge). We know that HIV does not survive for very long outside the body. Actually as soon as the body fluids that contains are dried then... Read more »

hiv exposer from a eviromental surface.

Posted by shayshay, 2 Replies
...Hi, can a person get hiv if a drop of blood get on their virgan from a tiolet seat. I had a Naat test after 3-weeks neg and a 9-week Orasure Advaned neg Read more »

How long before symptoms surface??

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...For those who are infected with HIV, How long was it after exposure before the symptoms surfaced? Weeks? Months?? Years even?? Second question, What are the most Read more »


Posted by Survivor, 2 Replies
...U.S. (2:18) NEW YORK (CNN) -- About 8,000 people die of AIDS every day. Another 6,000 people between ages 15 and 24 contract HIV on a daily basis. Think about that: At the end of this month, more people will have died from AIDS in April alone... Read more »