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Question: 

the AIDS virus dies when contact with air .. how it is transmitted by contaminated needles if exposed to the air ?

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

Injecting with a shared needle is considered a High Risk activity due to the exchange of bodily fluids. It is not the needle, per say, that poses the problem, but the barrel of the syringe. The barrel of the syringe provides a temporary environment where the virus can survive since it is air tight. When the next person depresses the barrel, they are thereby injecting blood containing the virus into themselves and providing an opportunity for infection to occur.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org