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how long can the HIV virus live?

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how long can the HIV virus live on infected objects?
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replied January 29th, 2017

Hello and welcome to E health forum. ‎

HIV is transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids including contact with infected blood. In presence of cuts, ‎sores, open wounds, the risk of transmission increases.‎

Inanimate objects which may be contaminated with infectious organisms are called as Fomites. Fomites in the garbage or in the environment cannot transmit HIV. This is due to the fact that, HIV virus does not exist outside the living cells, and is immediately rendered noninfective. Also transmission of HIV ‎via fomites has not been detected or proved to be causative of HIV infection, hence is not a risk. ‎

If you still have doubts, you might consider to consult with your doctor who can provide reassurance and also can ‎clear all your doubts that you may have.‎

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