Anonymous
hello sir or mandam...
my question is ..... if a hiv contained semen is collected in a condom that is taken from a infected person and that fluid is not exposed to air...
its nearly 25-30 minutes for the hiv semen that comes out from human body into a condom....
and the local temperature is 22-25 centigrade...
is that fluid is infectuios...
i heard that hiv cannot survive outside the host...
then in this situation how long it is infectuios...
please reply... and thanks for ur answer....
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions or concerns.

I understand where you're coming from with this question, but hopefully my answer will help to clarify these confusing concepts!

1) When bodily fluids leave the body they are IMMEDIATELY exposed to air, no matter what. Air is everywhere, and unless you're in a vacuum (i.e. outer space, or the barrel of a syringe needle). Additionally, it's not just air that inactivates the virus, but many factors in the environment such as light, temperature, moisture ( or lack of it), enzymes, etc. This is a very biochemistry heavy concept, so I won't go into it, but essentially, HIV will become damaged as a result of multiple factors.

As soon as HIV containing bodily fluids leave the body, they are no longer a risk. Any situation that encounters bodily fluids without direct human contact (such as sex) is a No Risk activity. I cannot give you an exact "time" that the virus is infectious, but in terms of transmission, transmission is not possible in situations like that.

I hope this helped! Please check out this website for some great HIV transmission equation: http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/myths

Sincerely,

Christina

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