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Hiv Survival Time In Air

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...survive well outside the body, making the possibility of environmental transmission remote. HIV is found in varying concentrations or amounts in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk, saliva, and tears. To obtain data on the survival of HIV, laboratory studies have required the use of artificially high concentrations of laboratory-grown virus. Although these unnatural concentrations of HIV can be kept alive for days or even weeks under...
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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 wasn't sealed.If...
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 Read more »

Antibody time survival in lab specimens

Hello Doctor -I had blood drawn for an Elisa HIV 1/2 test on Friday morning. The blood was not tested until the following Tuesday at noon.Are my test results going to be valid given the length of time that it took my blood to be processed...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Yes, your test results will be accurate. Antibodies are not "alive" like viruses.Good luck.Dr. Bob Read more »

Virus survival outside the body

I am a highschool freshman doing a comprehensive report on HIV - virology, history, prevention and other interesting information. I know it is hard to answer, but can you give an approximate survival time for 1ml of infected blood on a surface (any...
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
As long as it is wet, it is potentially infectious. Thus, it would be longer than minutes and shorter than hours. Read more »

blood drop survival outside the environment

In reading the responses to several questions pertaining to hiv survival outside the body in various forums on this website, I've noticed that some answers state the virus dies within seconds of air exposure while other answers state it takes...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...At such HIV-related sites as Aegis, you can read studies that address this question, but as a non-medically-trained person, please allow Read more »
The Body

CNN Tackles HIV and (GASP!) Just About Succeeds

... When I read that CNN's Anderson Cooper was hosting a news special about the HIV epidemic in America, I wasn't too excited about it. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Cooper, but too many times 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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders) Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS , or cancer , or those on chronic steroids) People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving... Read more »
The Body

It's Time to Remove the Veil

...(drug users, incarcerated, "down low"). We need to examine interventions that say "use condoms" but don't address financial survival or domestic abuse. We need to examine the burden of being a Strong Black Woman without the educational or... Read more »
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HIV will die within 20 mins out of body, right?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I heard that HIV in blood or semen cannot survive for more than 20 minutes if it exposes to air and remains on a surface, e.g. table, in a cup. Read more »

Any Idea?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Would anyone know how long, HIV would survive for, in a small amout of precum exposed to air. Seconds, 1 minute, 10 minutes, and hour?? Read more »

Is fingering risky???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hi, if a man fingers a woman, is he at risk of infection? I bite my nails all the time. My fingers almost always have exposed areas of skin on them. They dont usually bleed or anything. If I where to get vaginal Read more »

Risk of HIV infection from nail salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...manicurist put on a gel-like antiseptic(?) to stop the bleeding and I assume, prevent infection. My questions are: 1) Could the HIV virus survive in the applicator of the antiseptic tube and infect me? I know HIV can't live outside the body for... Read more »