sir i would like to know how long does HIV survive in air. do this time change from types of virus or place. like countries, continent etc i am from India.

i have a second question if hiv+ blood is there in a open bottle (not top cover) for five minute will it infect one via any open cut.
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied February 29th, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

For your information HIV cultures in accredited research laboratories is done under strict conditions, as it is not able to survive outside the host cell. HIV is a very delicate virus and its survival outside the host cell requires multiple factors including specific Ph, temperature, moisture, etc. In the absence of the required factors HIV outside the host cell can lose its infectiousness within a few minutes to a few hours (depending on the specific surroundings).

The location or the country does not matter much.

Exposure of a HIV infected blood sample in a bottle, to air, does not mean that HIV in the sample gets destroyed. The blood will be infective, as long as the cells in it are viable.

If the intact sample of blood is spilled over a deep cut or a wound, the risk of HIV infection will be high.

When blood droplets are spilled over, and with time as it clots and dries up, it loses its infectivity.

Did you find this post helpful?
Must Read
Do you know what causes HIV? Get started by learning the facts on HIV and AIDS here....
Do you know what puts you at high risk of HIV? Debunk the myths and get the facts of HIV risk factors here....
Can you identify early HIV symptoms. Learn what to look for and when to seek medical help as we review symptoms of HIV here....
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our HIV and AIDS , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.