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.
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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.



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