How Long Can Hiv Survive In The Open Air

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How long does hiv survive in the open air? can I get infected from using a toilet?
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...HIV is not transmitted through the air, nor can you get it from toilet seats. Read more »

a smart question

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How long does HIV survive in the air?

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...However, a person who inserts his penis into an infected partner also is at risk because HIV can enter through the urethra (the opening at the tip of the penis) or through small cuts, abrasions, or open sores on the penis. Not having (abstaining... Read more »
The Body

CNN Tackles HIV and (GASP!) Just About Succeeds

...of programs. Many topics that my colleagues and I complain don't get enough media attention got their due during this hour-long special. The panel of talking heads included singer and HIV advocate Elton John; Project Runway contestant Mondo... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...It is speculated that for the penetrative partner (the "top"), HIV may infect through the mucous membranes in the meatus (the opening of the urethra). It is believed that uncircumcised men may be at greater risk for HIV for a variety of reasons.... Read more »
Project Inform

Flu Season and Living With HIV

...avian flu virus is called H5N1, because it has haemagglutinin 5 and neuraminidase 1 on its surface. You cannot develop a lifelong immunity to influenza. Even if you are protected against a flu virus one year, you may not be protected from a new... Read more »
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How long...?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...can HIV live in a syrindge? Read more »

Maybe I am too worried, but I want to know.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I have two questions about hiv transmission. 1. It is said that hivopen to air will survive only for 20 minutes. Is it true? 2. How much hiv injected into human's body will cause people infected? Read more »

Risk of HIV infection from nail salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...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 a long time, but would the small air exposure and antiseptic agents be enough to get rid of it? Granted, the applicator... Read more »
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