How Long Does Semen Survive Outside Body

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...fact, unprotected (without a condom) anal sex (intercourse) is considered to be very risky behavior. It is possible for either sex partner to become infected with HIV during anal sex. HIV can be found in the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, or vaginal fluid of a person infected with the virus. In general, the person receiving the semen is at greater risk of getting HIV because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow the virus to enter...
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Semen from rental car in cut?

Hello, I was in a rental car last year, and I don't remember why, but for some reason I put my hand on the bottom of the dashboard and felt something wet. I looked at my finger noticed a strange white substance on it, and I wiped it off right away....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Perhaps a few HIV-infected hotties were screwing under your hood? Your fears are totally unwarranted. HIV doesn't survive very long outside the body. And you'd have to be a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to screw under the dashboard.Stop... Read more »

HIV survival

I just have 2 quick questions and would appreciate if you could pleaseanswer them.Q1: How long does the HIV virus survive in the semen,if the semen is outside the body.Q2. Does the male genital has to be erect in order to receive the HIV virus if...
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
Unknown for both questions as far as any scientific literature to answer them.MH Read more »


Can HIV survive outside the body in semen while it is still wet? If it can, how long?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...HIV has a very limited ability to survive outside the body. Read more »
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...environment, 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. (See below, Saliva, Tears, and Sweat.) In order to obtain... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...not. Possibly Infectious "Bodily Fluids" HIV might be transmitted from an infected person to another through: pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum) Pre-seminal fluid is a clear fluid that lubricates men's urethras. It is produced by a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Body Composition Tests

... What Are Body Composition Tests? Anthropometry Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) Body Mass Index (BMI) Computerized Tomography Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

...stavudine (d4T), retrovir (AZT) or efavirenz (Sustiva,) talk to your doctor about changing medications. However, it can take a long time to reverse changes in body shape. Implants or injections are the only way to deal with sunken cheeks. These... Read more »
The Well Project

Lipodystrophy, Body Changes and HIV/AIDS

...lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis) Metabolic changes cannot be seen without lab tests, but can cause seriouslong-term health problems. Increased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides can put you at a higherrisk of... Read more »
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Question about risk from this...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...penis against mine until he ejaculated, but then a 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... Read more »

To All Experts - HIV Life Outside Body

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone know how long HIV can live in semen once it is outside the body? I was exposed to semen of unknow status and I'm concerned I could be in infected with HIV (or any Read more »

HIV survival outside the body

Posted by Anonymous
...still confused about hiv survival outside the body and its ability to infect.Does it make a difference in the amount of blood or semen outside the body to determine the time of hiv to die?My doctor says the maximum for any amount of infected... Read more »

Someone help me out here

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...does a "few" mean 5 minutes, 20 minutes, or 45 minutes? A fresh cut that I had made an hour prior came in contact with the semen of an HIV+ male about 10 minutes after it had dried. It was a small amount, but I'm still worried about it. If... Read more »
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