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Does HIV die when it hits the air?

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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.

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HIV is usually transferred to other individuals via shared bodily fluids during sex or through contaminated blood or needles. The area inside of a needle can insulate the virus from open air, especially if fluids or other matter are also inside the needle. Using a new, clean needle ensures there is no contamination.

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