How Long Does HIV Survive In The 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
...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, frevinsakes! HIV testing is not warranted.Dr. Bob 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 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 »

Transmission through urine?

Posted by Carrie, 2 Replies
This is somewhat embarrasing to ask. My husband (poz) and I (neg) are very carefull with things like blood, cuts, sex, and other ways so I don't get it. My question is when I clean the bathroom and the toilet, even though I wear gloves and wash my... Read more »

Does anyone know?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone have an idea how long fluids with HIV will remain infectious when left exposed to the environmnent? Read more »
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