Hiv Does Not Live Outside A Human Host

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...studied is not found in human specimens or elsewhere in nature, and (2) no one has been identified as infected with HIV due to contact with an environmental surface. Additionally, HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host. Can I get HIV from anal...
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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.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,HIV is an extremely tiny piece of genetic material that gets integrated into the genetic material of host cells (CD4 cells, for example). HIV does not survive without viable host cells. Hence, when HIV and/or HIV-infected cells are Read more »

Exactly how long does HIV survive outside its host?

Hello. In several of yuor answers to the question on how long can HIV live outside the human body, it was stated ranging from few to several minutes. By how much is this 'few to several minutes'?How much constitutes few or several minutes? 1,5 or 20...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Unfortunately, there is no exact answer to your question. There are many different variables that will determine how long HIV infected fluid will remain infectious in the environment. The type of Read more »

QTND with a twist. Not in archives!!

So I have read that you cannot get HIV from a mosquito bite, but here's a NEW question, unlike your usual insect bite q&a. I was at the park for a bday party, amosquito landed on my bare leg and I smacked my hand on top of my leg to kill it. Now it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...scientific explanation why this is the case, but it's rather tedious. It involves what happens to HIV once it leaves the humanhost and enters the mosquito. In addition there would not be enough HIV to cause an infection via this route. Please... Read more »
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...identified with HIV due to contact with an environmental surface; Additionally, since HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Passage of Anti-Gay Bill May Keep Uganda From Hosting AIDS Vaccine Program, UNAIDS Rep. Says

...U.N. and Ugandan health officials announced Monday that the Uganda Virus Research Institute, located in Entebbe, Uganda, will host the African AIDS Vaccine Program (AAVP), the New Vision reports. Formerly headquartered in Geneva, the... Read more »

NIAID to Host Public Meeting on Future HIV/AIDS Research Networks

... The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH will host a public meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, in Arlington, Va., to examine the future of the Institute's HIV/AIDS clinical Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services Hosts World AIDS Day Events

...Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services will mark World AIDS Day with a full day of activities on Dec. 1. At 6 p.m., the group will co-host a commemoration -- including speakers, food and a candlelight vigil -- at Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

United Nations Scheduled To Host Six-Day HIV/AIDS Workshop for African Government Officials

...The United Nations beginning today is scheduled to host a six-day workshop to provide African government officials with information to "better understand the demographic aspects" of Read more »
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HIV risk from a handshake with a tiny cut

Posted by mountainman1970, 1 Reply
...the 3 month mark. can someone please let me know if this is a risk or not and even if the HIV virus remains active outside its host body and for how long. the CDC website says that HIV is not infectious outside its host body. God, can someone... Read more »

It Came and Took Something Away, From All of Us

Posted by thedingoman, 1 Reply
...of the mouths of these people. I tried to be understanding. I know now that they were scared and didn't know any better. Humans don't like mortality thrown in their faces. Spirit as I mentioned here us, along with the normal functioning of... Read more »

Question about risk from this...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...second later he started masturbating me and i know he rubbed some of his semen on the head of my penis. but i don't know how long hiv can survive once it has left his body (but i heard it can live a long time if it's still in the semen). and the... Read more »

ignorant people

Posted by hrdrsr, 6 Replies
...secret, I live in a small community and well you know the story. There was a lady in my chair who was talking about another woman and her status and how dirty and stupid this woman was because she has "AIDS" I found myself asking her what she... Read more »
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