HIV does not live for long enough on surfaces to infect anyone, according to AIDS Vancouver Island, a community-based AIDS service organization. HIV dies fairly quickly when outside of the body and in contact with oxygen, making the disease not transmittable via toilet seats and other public surface where the virus may have contacted.Know More
HIV is transmitted through infected blood or sex fluids entering the bloodstream, according to AIDS Vancouver Island. While HIV can live inside the body in semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk, blood, and brain and spinal cord fluid, it does not live in saliva, sweat, tears, urine, feces or vomit. Even if someone comes in contact with traces of infected blood or sex fluids in the environment, the risk for contraction of HIV is negligible, as the virus cannot survive outside of the body.
HIV is most commonly transmitted through unprotected sex, sharing needles and occupational exposure with an infected person, AIDS Vancouver Island states. Because HIV cannot be transmitted through surface contact, there is no risk in activities such as going to the gym, sharing food and drinks, using public toilets, sharing bedding or clothing, or kissing, hugging or touching a person infected with HIV. HIV can survive outside the body in a vacuum-sealed environment such as inside an injection needle.Learn More
As of 2014, HIV is not curable, according to Mayo Clinic. However, there are several medications that slow the progression of the disease. HIV is a sexually transmitted infection that also spreads through contact with infected blood.Full Answer >
HIV cannot spread through saliva and thus cannot be spread through drink, according to AIDS.gov. Only specific bodily fluids, such as breast milk, semen, pre-seminal fluid and vaginal fluids, are able to spread the HIV virus.Full Answer >
HIV is capable of surviving outside the human body for a period of several weeks in certain conditions, according to NAM AIDSmap. The body fluid in question and the quantity of the virus contained in the fluid affect the survival period, as does temperature and acidity.Full Answer >
HIV cannot survive in an open-air environment for more than a few moments. Because the virus cannot survive in the open air, those living in a home with someone who has AIDs do not need to sterilize common living areas. According to AVI.org, standard cleaning is all that is needed in most areas.Full Answer >