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Does HIV really die after being exposed to air?

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Dr Hemant Kumar Mittal

  Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery

Replied 2017-02-15 09:32:20 UTC

Many living beings, micro and macro organisms need some special conditions to thrive. Like humans can not breathe under water and a fish can not survive on land. Similarly, when we talk about HIV, we need to know that, being such a dreadful infection, HIV is a very weak virus and it needs a controlled environment to live and grow. It is not possible for HIV to survive in air at all. Even the most virulent strains of HIV cannot survive for more than 3 seconds in open air………1..2..3.. and HIV is dead. That is the reason HIV generally doesn’t spread at the local barber shop if he uses the same razor for different people as the time factor comes into play. (That doesn't mean that this practise should go on like this, because other infective dermatological diseases and blood borne diseases may transmit through this route).


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