HIV is a virus that is dreaded because there is no cure for it. While there is no cure and people often fear the mention of the virus, it is important to note that many of the beliefs surrounding it are not valid. According to healthline The virus has been given too much regard when, in reality, it cannot do all that has been postulated.
Due to fear of the virus, some people have decided to avoid sharing certain things with others to prevent being infected or at risk. In this article, based on a publication on WebMD, we will discuss how long HIV can survive outside the body.
How Long Can HIV Survive Outside the Body?
Research has shown that HIV is most potent in the body and can easily flow through blood, vaginal fluid, semen, and other internal body fluids to another person. However, when the virus is outside the body, it does not survive for long. Therefore, it is unlikely to contract HIV easily from sharing things like razors or sharp objects.
Studies have shown that the virus loses about 90% to 99% of its ability to infect after a few hours of being outside the body. Therefore, coming in contact with someone's blood, semen, or other bodily fluids after some time would pose very little risk of contracting the disease.
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