“How long can HIV live outside the body?”

Hello, please answer some questions for me: How long can HIV live outside of the blood? Can HIV live in water? How can I find a partner or friend who also has HIV?

Curious

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Dear Curious,

Thank you for trusting me with your questions. HIV cannot live for very long outside the body and does not live in water. There are only five fluids that HIV lives in: blood, semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid and breast milk. If you have HIV and are looking for other friends who have HIV, you can visit the DISHA drop-in centre at the Deep Griha office (13 Tadiwala Rd) or can speak to Avinash, the head of DISHA. If you are looking for a life partner, Wake Up Pune is hosting a matrimonial for people living with HIV on August 7–feel free to email wakeuppune@gmail.com if you would like more information about this. This event would be a good opportunity to meet other people living with HIV from three different states.

Kind regards, Dr. Punewali



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