Anonymous
I apologize for asking this question because I do not know who to ask.Basically, I was looking for a new place to rent out.I finally found a flat but then I guess a prospective neighbour told me that the previous occupant was an AIDS patient who eventually died in there.No one however has been occupying the flat for more than 9 months until I found it and I decided to rent. My main concern is : is it safe to live there and would it still be possible that the virus are still viable there for transmission after 9 months,in case there will be tinge of blood or semen in the surfaces of toilet, sink, countertops, chairs or tables? Thank you.
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Anonymous
HI there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns.

HIV cannot survive upon exposure to the environment outside of the body, and this process is immediate. When outside of the body, it becomes damaged and inactivated, and can no longer be passed on. Therefore, HIV is not a risk when it's on surfaces, but only when during direct bodily contact such as sexual intercourse. Therefore, there would be no risk from any of those surfaces or anything in the apartment at all.

This website has a great outline for ways that HIV is transmitted:
http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv

I hope this helped,

Sincerely,

Christina

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