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Treatment After Exposure to HIV

What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis? Who Should Use PEP? Should PEP Be Used for Non-Occupational Exposure? How Is PEP Taken? What Are the Side Effects? The Bottom Line For More Information What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis? Prophylaxis means disease prevention. Post-exposure prophylaxis (or PEP) means taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs) as soon as possible after exposure to HIV, so that the exposure will not result in HIV...
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How long does HIV live after exposed to air

Hi, I was wondering how long HIV lives once it is exposed to air? Are there any web-sites and or published articles on this subject, and if so where would I find them.Would it be probable that say a half of a teaspoon's worth be reactive after...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
There are at least two places you can look for a partial answer to your question. You're not going to find a specific answer to your teaspoon/30 second question, but there is the possibility that HIV infected semen would remain viable 30... Read more »

Air Dehumidifier and HIV

Hi Dr Keith,Thanx for all your help, it has been very useful.I live in a city with 100% of humidity. I have been feeling kinda flusih this week and somebody suggested to have a dehumidifier in the room when i sleep.I was wondering if this is a good...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good question-I am not aware of any good data on that topic. I don't have a sense of whether sleeping in a room with lowered humidity will help your flu symptoms though cooler/ lower humidity air might make for a better sleeping environment.... Read more »

How long does HIV survive in the air?

Hi doc,This may sound a little funny. My friend bought me a "fleshlight" sort of sex toy from Dubai. I wasn't planning on using it but I became curious and tried it yesterday. I became concerned because I remembered that the box...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Man from Philippines,Your HIV-acquisition risk from using a "fleshlight" sex toy that had "stayed in (your) cabinet for 1 week before use" and on which you applied alcohol before use would be completely nonexistent. I see... Read more »

semen exposed to air

About how long does the virus live after being exposed to the air? Is is safe to orally consume semen after it has been ejaculated?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
The length of virus survival when exposed to the environment will vary depending on multiple factors that are impossible to predict for every situation. What we do know is that HIV does not survive long when exposed to the environment (see <a... Read more »
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Air time?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Alright, since there is no real way to say this delicately, here goes; if my positive partner cums on me, and we wait 30 seconds, can I (being negative) safely swallow his cum since it would be exposed to the air?
Thanks everyone... Read more »

Can someone who actually had ARS clear the air!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi all,

With so many misconceptions on what ARS is, when it occurs, etc... I thought it would be helpful if anyone who actually did have ARS and IS HIV+ could post what they experienced and when! If so, I think it would help people understand ARS... Read more »

Possible exposure to asymptomatic HIV + serum

Posted by tsy2, 1 Reply
I work in a lab and unfortunately dropped a vial of serum. The vial fell on the floor and it kind of splashed. The majority splashed onto my scrub pants and didn't soak thru, I panicked and was convinced it splashed my face but I'm certain it didn't... Read more »