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How long after HIV is exposed to Oxygen does it take the virus to die?


How long after HIV is exposed to Oxygen does it take the virus to die?

The oxygen present in the body is bound to hemoglobin, so it will not kill HIV, and "Oxygen Therapy" is a joke.

Outside the body, HIV dies almost instantly when it comes into contact with Oxygen- otherwise it would be an airborne virus and a bigger problem than it is already. Bear in mind that HIV has to be contained in a cell of some kind, and that in some cases, such as with blood, it is important not to come in to contact with the substance, particularly if you have an open wound, as the virus may still be viable in the blood for a period of time outside the body.

Lack of moisture kills the virus, so dried blood,while icky, does not present a big risk. Saliva tends to break the virus down, although some viable HIV may exist in Saliva.

A good rule of thumb is that body fluid that is meant to break things down- saliva or urine, for example- is generaly safer than fluid which is meant to carry or protect things (like blood or breast milk). Another rule of thumb is to treat all body fluids as potential carriers of the virus until they are completely dry.

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