How long does HIV last when expose to air? Can HIV live in dried blood? Please provide links.

Dear Friend,
Thank you for trusting me with your question,
HIV can survive at the longest a few minutes, but an average of around 30 seconds when exposed to air. The virus can not live in a dried state.The longer the virus lives in a liquid state exposed to air the weaker it gets and the smaller chance of transmission. For example it is very strong within seconds, and by many minutes, or in radical cases hours, it is practically untraceable. Also, it has to be entered into one’s body so someone who have to rub their open sore, or wounds against large amounts of wet blood that has been exposed to air in less then a few minutes.
This has been a very minuscule issue and way of transmission is for people who’s occupation deals with handling bodily fluids. This is termed an occupational hazard for those who work in hospitals that do not dispose of their bodily fluids in a sanitary fashion.

HIV can survive for days in laboratory’s and scientifically controlled environments otherwise it can die very quickly when exposed to air. Medical institutions study HIV in very medically secure labs, that takes out outside variables. Real life results comparatively to lab results are radically different. Lab results show the extreme life-span of the HIV virus.
“Incorrect interpretations of conclusions drawn from laboratory studies have in some instances caused unnecessary alarm.” -CDC center of disease control. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/qa/transmission.htm

 
“Additionally, HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.” -CDC
“There is no one specific time point that the virus survives outside the body. But we can say that the virus will normally live only for several minutes”. http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Q9195.html 
 
“The virus cannot live in dried blood”. http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Q9195.html
“HIV cannot survive outside the human body unless it is contained in a transmitting fluid”
look at modes of transmission http://www.avert.org/hiv.htm

 
Important to remember:
” HIV can survive for weeks at room temperature in wet conditions, such as in a used syringe or needle”
thank you again for trusting me with your question, if you have any other questions please ask,
Dr. Punewali


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