How Long Can Hiv Blood Live Outside The Body

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AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...drug used to treat cytomegalovirus (see Fact Sheet 504 ) and the anti-HIV drug AZT . There are two main types of lymphocytes (lymphs) . "T cells" attack and kill germs, and help regulate the immune system. "B cells" make antibodies, special proteins that attack germs. Lymphocytes are normally 20% to 40% of WBCs. A regular CBC does not give T-cell counts. Most people with HIV infection get special T-cell tests (see Fact Sheet 124 )....
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HIV risk from vaginal blood outside the body?

Doctor Bob, First let me say that the service you are providing here is wonderful! Just reading many of the other questions and answers has been helpful to me. Several of your answers have also made me literally laugh out loud! WOW! BTW, I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...extensive archives may be a bit of a challenge. The bottom line is that HIV (in blood, cervical secretions or any other infectious bodily fluid) cannot permeate intact skin. Consequently, your digital play without "cuts, lesions or abrasions"... Read more »
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...studies are much higher than those actually found in blood or other specimens, drying of HIV- infected human blood or other body fluids reduces the theoretical risk of environmental transmission to that which has been observed--essentially... Read more »


Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...were much, much higher than they would be under normal circumstances. See "Survival of HIV in the Environment" ( for more information.Remember that there is no evidence that anyone has ever been infected... Read more »

How long does HIV live outside the body?

Recently I bought a fruit juice at a health food store. As the woman put thelid on the drink I noticed she had what looked like an open scrape, possibly fresh, on her finger. There mayhave been blood on it but there is no way for me to know since...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...have seen the blood. You have to be exposeddirectly to her blood in order to get infected. Also, HIV will not liveoutside the body for more than a few minutes. The longer it is outside thebody, the weaker it gets, and the less the chance of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

... How is HIV passed from one person to another? Which body fluids transmit HIV? How well does HIV survive outside the body? Can I get HIV from anal sex? Can I get HIV from vaginal Read more »
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Chemistry Panel

...other laboratory tests, especially calcium or testosterone. Globulin (also called immunoglobulin) measures the protein in antibodies produced by the immune system. HIV infection causes an abnormally high level of globulin. Levels are usually... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain

...treatments being explored for HIV-related fatgain. Human Growth Hormone Human growth hormone (hGH) is naturally produced in the human body. Twodrugs have been developed based on hGH that have shown the ability to reducevisceral belly fat: ... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...was in a paper and it accidantelly got into my lips. IF it was dry blood will it have HIV. How long does hiv live outside the body. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

HIV in dry blood

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Does anyone have an idea how longHIV can live outside of the body in blood? Is it 5 min? Is it one hr? Read more »

outside the body

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Ok so experts please tell me how longHIV can last outside the body in a bodilyfluid or blood ? and is easy transferrable if outside the body at say 2-3 hours ? Read more »
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