The Length Of Time That HIV (human Immunodeficiency Virus) Can Live Outside The Human Body?
good morning, I am Mahendra 22, I want to ask about how long the hiv virus is in the blood or other body fluids that contain hiv if it is outside the body. there is no definite data as a time benchmark. but what I asked about was the estimated time of more than 1 hour or less than 1 hour. The point is how long it takes to make sure the HIV virus dies outside the body. With normal air temperatures. I had time to consult several STI specialist doctors. and they said it was only a few minutes or even seconds. If it is more than 1 hour, is the virus confirmed to be dead. the problem is I touched the clothes right on the cut on my hand and the possibility of being exposed to serum or blood plasma from the person who has the wear, because the person who has clothes is injured. mhon answered exactly according to my question. more or less mhon sorry. thanks
Hi Mahendra, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
The length of time that HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can live outside the human body depends on the environmental conditions. Under certain conditions, HIV can live for weeks outside the human body. The following are the environments in which HIV can live longer:
The temperature is less than 4 degrees Celsius. At room temperature (more than 20 degrees Celsius) this virus cannot survive long. The pH (acidity level) of the environment is between 7-8. HIV in dry blood at room temperature (with a maintained pH of 7-8) can last up to 6 days although the numbers will decrease drastically. No exposure to Ultraviolet rays. In general, this virus can last a long time in a laboratory research environment due to factors (such as temperature, pH, UV rays) that are maintained, but in a real environment where these factors are not maintained, it is possible that the virus can only last a few minutes.
HIV is not easily transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, especially if there are no deep sores. If you touch the clothing in the area of the incision scar (the wound is dry), chances are you will not be exposed to this virus and you will not be infected.
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