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Hiv Survival Environment

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I think my fear is irrational and I know that I am paranoid, but I must know if I am at risk for HIV. I stepped in a tiny drop of blood in a public restroom.It was fresh but looked like it was trying to dry.I checked the bottom of my shoe to see if...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...are irrational...I know that I am paranoid" I absolutely agree with you!!!Blood on the bottom of your shoe is not a risk for HIV. HIV is a very fragile virus that doesn't live very long at all outside the body. It's not radioactive kryptonite,... Read more »

Fresh Blood on Skin, what is the risk?

Sir,If I have fresh blood of a HIV infected person on my intact skin am I under real risk of having... Read more »

Transmission from 1 to another

Can the HIV virus live on the skin? If one received oral sex, could they then transfer the virus... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Survival of HIV in the Environment

...Concerning the survival of HIV in the environment, two facts are: HIV does not survive well outside the body. HIV has to be grown in large amounts to be studied Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV and Its Transmission

...amounts in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk, saliva, and tears. (See Saliva, Tears, and Sweat. ) To obtain data on the survival of HIV, laboratory studies have required the use of artificially high concentrations of laboratory-grown... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells of the immune system, notably CD4+ T cells,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

... Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs Pets/Animals Contact With Saliva, Tears, Sweat, Feces or Urine HIV Survival Outside of the Body Is Someone Who Takes HIV Drugs Able to Transmit HIV? Is There a Pill That I Can... 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 in K-Y liquid?

Posted by finnakirk, 1 Reply
...If the contents of a bottle of k-y liquid are tainted with blood or semen containing the hiv virus, can the virus survive in that liquid environment, and thus be transmitted if applied to one's genitalia or an open wound? Read more »

Cut on finger and toilet seat

Posted by xtreme, 1 Reply
...thanks for the responses! Much appreciated! Another 2 questions regarding HIV transmission - 1. I had a cut on my finger where I was fingering my girlfriend - does this pose as a risk for HIV for her to Read more »

HIV Survival

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I've been searching everywhere and cannot find a good answer to this question. How long will HIV survive in everyday environments outside of the body? There was a small amount of dried blood (much less than a milliliter) Read more »