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How Long Does Hiv Survive On Surfaces

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...shaking hands, hugging, or a casual kiss. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, a drinking fountain, a door knob, dishes, drinking glasses, food, or pets. HIV is not an airborne or food-borne virus, and it does not live long outside the body. Although contact with blood and other body substances can occur in households, transmission of HIV is rare in this setting. A small number of transmission cases have been reported in which a...
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found filled condom in hotel room fridge

Hi Dr, I found a condom partly fuid flled (thought at the time to be water)resting on the ice tray of a hotel room fridge. To dispose of it I emptied the contents into the hand basin, wrapped it in paper and placed in the room waste bin. Later it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...would that actually work? Are you planning to have unsafe sex with Mr. Frigidaire?To specifically answer your questions:1.Not long at all. Especially in the refrigerator.2.Likewise, not long.3.Same as #2 above.Peter your worries are completely... Read more »

Hepatitis C query

Hi Doctor McGovernI received a needlestick injury some time ago and was tested for Hepatitis C and also HIV, both of which came back as negative. However, during the window period I was quite worried and eventually developed OCD regarding exposure...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...easy to transmit, it would be occurring in most people. And that is simply not the case. Just because the virus may survive on surfaces doesn't mean that this is a means of transmission. Nor has hepatitis C been show to be transmitted primarily... Read more »

Lifespan of HIV without a host

How long can the virus that causes HIV infection live outside of a carrier/host?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...HIV does not survive well in an open environment. No one has been identified with HIV due to contact with an environmental surface. Read more »

Exactly how long does HIV survive outside its host?

Hello. In several of yuor answers to the question on how long can HIV live outside the human body, it was stated ranging from few to several minutes. By how much is this 'few to several minutes'?How much constitutes few or several minutes? 1,5 or 20...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Unfortunately, there is no exact answer to your question. There are many different variables that will determine how long HIV infected fluid will remain infectious in the environment. The type of fluid, the quantity of fluid, the amount of virus Read more »
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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...help you and your health care provider keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

...the CD4 cell to start making new HIV proteins. The proteins are thebuilding blocks for new HIV viruses. They are produced in long chains. Assembly An HIV enzyme called protease cuts the long chains of HIV proteins... 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 »
Test Positive Aware Network

Selzentry

...to the types of HIV that a person can have: CCR5-tropic (R5) virus and CXCR4-tropic (X4) virus. (Tropism is pronounced with a long "o," as in "okay.") HIV latches on to the CD4 receptor on the surface of some human T-cells (hence, CD4+ T-cells),... 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 exposure question.. help please

Posted by uncleargyle, 1 Reply
...prick..that's what she said.. anyway) and then about two hours later I cut myself on the same scissors. Does anybody know how long hiv survives on things like this. I can't seem to find a straight answer. Also I didn't really see any blood on the... Read more »

How long before symptoms surface??

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...For those who are infected with HIV, How long was it after exposure before the symptoms surfaced? Weeks? Months?? Years even?? Second question, What are the most Read more »

Question about risk from this...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...second later he started masturbating me and i know he rubbed some of his semen on the head of my penis. but i don't know how long hiv can survive once it has left his body (but i heard it can live a long time if it's still in the semen). and the... Read more »