Question by  bex (116)

Can the HIV virus live in water?

If so, for how long?


Answer by  HeidiW (371)

HIV can live in water only for a short period of time (a few minutes), but you cannot get infected this way. The water will disperse it and make it harmless because it is diluted. The virus is only spread by sexual contact, direct blood contact or by exchanging body fluids with an infected person. Otherwise, it cannot be transmitted.


Answer by  negrita046 (78)

HIV will not live in water long. Any infected fluid exposed to water will become diluted and uninfectious. Blood-blood contact and sexual contact remain the only way to truly transmit.


Answer by  aussiebev (89)

The HIV virus can only be transmitted in three ways, via blood products,body fluids, and from mother to child, it cannot be transmitted via water, drinking from the same cup, sharing a meal or by touching someone who is infected. The virus itself cannot live outside of the human body.


Answer by  wendyj (359)

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus can live for just a few minutes in water, usually for no more than three to five minutes at the most. This is true in all types of water, including pools treated with chemicals such as chlorine or bromine, and ocean or sea water with salt.


Answer by  Tessninky (224)

No, it cannot. You cannot get HIV from water or saliva. It is only passed through sexual intercourse and its accompanying fluids.


Answer by  marhut4381 (131)

No, the HIV virus cannot live in water. HIV could be classified as an Anerobic disease, meaning that it doesn't have to have oxygen to survive, once the virus hits air outside the body, it immediatley dies.


Answer by  diva25 (4016)

I highly doubt that it can. There are only a few ways that HIV can be transfered, the sharing of bodily fluids, blood transfusions, sharing needles and a few others.


Answer by  CandaceCam (55)

HIV does not tolerate being outside the body for very well. If you are worried about aquiring HIV from contact with water that has been contaminated, it is highly improbable.


Answer by  jamie11 (604)

HIV virus will not live in water so you don't need to worry about that. As in anything hitting water, of fluid type, will break down and not be harmful.

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Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

No. The HIV virus cannot live outside of the human body or human bodily fluids more than a few hours.


Answer by  Goubhead (0)

Hi Ieft my drink on my desk and I am worried that a colleague has put blood or spit in to my drink and I drank it ? i left a herbal mixture I. My desk and when I can back I colleague of mine was near it whom is homosexual and was unattended. Thank you for your reply I am concerned as I don't know I if he did, it just keeos playing in my mind when I did drink it roughly 4-5 hrs later it was 2.5mls diluted in 4mls of water followed by another 5mls of water. I than remembered I left the bottle unattended and made myself throw everything up

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