AIDS and Survival in Air
Does the aids virus die once it is airborne?
can be transmitted via the exchnage of bodily fluids but, if the infected
persons fluids are exposed to air outside the body, does the virus
HIV, the virus responsible for AIDS, is an enveloped virus. That means it's
surrounded by a lipid membrane. In other words, it's wearing a coat of the
same material that surrounds living cells. That's sturdy enough inside a
body, but not outside in the rest of the world. If the virus should be
coughed into the air, or spilled onto a surface like a toilet seat, it would
not survive long enough to infect anybody.
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Update: June 2012