[Question #2390] Dr hhh meaning of nobody gets HIV or hepatitis from environment

45 months ago
Dear dr hunter I am young kid who needs you I have to make this count please answer somethings are irrational especially the bandaid I fear wetness all of a sudden  I am big fan getting to the question 

I have issue with non dry objects . If anything is wet I begin to fear HIV and hepatitis is alive from outside the body if it's not blood then I wonder if its bodily fluid . 

1) Dr hook from medhelp has said nobody gets HIV and hepatitis b c   other stds from hair cuts . Read on medhelp  if razors are no risk then surely scissors are no risk ??.  Dr hook says HIV and hepatitis die even if they are wet . However I have read something important from you that is nobody gets HIV and hepatitis from cuts from objects from the environment

This means any contact with wet HIV and hepatitis blood or bodily fluids and getting cuts from inanimate sharp objects I cannot get HIV or hepatitis. ? So it doesn't matter how long virus survives on scissors or knives or  solid dental tools any other object I cut with on my body  or in my mouth  . ? It doesn’t matter who cut who etc or if barber was HIV or hepatitis positive or I cut myself with an object in my gums or mouth . I also read you say have all the hair cut you want you will never get HIV or hep c or other std from barber scissors or any other object so I should be fine correct ? 
2) Irrational but important : I fear newly purchased bandaids and applying them on my wound just because they are wet and not dry think of it as bodily fluids I can't judge . Because I think HIV and hepatitis have to dry out to die . But dr hook says they are non infectious once outside of the body .isn't band aid inanimate object can I think of wet material on bandaid as dead HIV or hepatitis fluids ?
           3)I don't care about dilution  Wetness alone isn't enough to keep HIV an hepatitis alive doesn't it need a human body  and dies immediately no need to worry about fluids drying out ? I know how blood looks like but don't bodily fluids are I can't judge 

4) Dr hunter you have said when it comes to survival of HIV and hepatitis outside the body don't  ask how wet or how fragile or if isn't dry . What you need to know is nobody gets HIV or hepatitis from contaminated environment that is cut with objects or eyes and nose or anything else  why worry about biological reasons. 
             Can you explain the contaminated environment means can I treat wet bandaids and hair cut or unknown fluids on eyes and nose environmental exposure and consider it risk free ? 

Thank you I need you 

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
45 months ago

Welcome to the Forum.  As you probably know, clients on this site are not permitted to request who responds to their questions.  All questions regarding herpes go to Ms. Warren and Dr. Handsfield and I split all other questions.  As it happened, today I happened to pick up your question.  As an FYI, having worked closely for more than 35 years, Dr. Handsfield and I never disagree on the content of our replies although our verbal styles vary.  I will be addressing this question.

I am often surprised when clients spend their money to confirm statements that one of us has made multiple times in earlier posts.  it seems like a waste of time and money.   Your questions have been answered n the past and the answer has not changed.  Thus. for ALL of the viruses you mention,:

1.  Correct, NO RISK from haircuts or barbershops, even when there may be small nicks or scrapes from scissors or cutting tools.  There are no proven cases of infections which have occurred this way.

2.  Another repetitive question.  Moisture does not promote infection and these viruses do not survive on moist band aids or wet materials.

3.  These viruses do become non-infectious outside of the body.

4.  This is a correct statement.  A contaminated environment means anything outside of the body: unknown fluids, including those on band aid, counter tops, scissors, toilet seats  hair cuts and trips to the barber are risk free.  EWH

45 months ago
 I am only afraid if wetness because dr hunter wrote they have to dry out but also says it doesn't matter what's wet and or dry
issue I am just a kid looking for dr hunter and I wanted to talk to him once in my life  and I Don't want to be afraid asking a question can you are living legends and our inspiration may I know why don't you fear such things ?   .  I don't want to say it's repeated and I want to make my chance count  and clarify things ..  If your son  said I am afraid of wetness what would you say doctor hook will you explain thing to me like that even though you don't know me why were you so brief :( ?   

 all virus this includes hep b, c HIV or any other blood borne infection 

1) Hair cut with scissors is no risk for hep c ,b  and HIV with any cut I get is no risk correct  ?  let me be clear  Dr hunter doesn't mean just touching we all know that touching HIV or hepatitisis is no risk . But when he says you cannot get HIV hepatitis from environment that means 
     HIV or heptatis   C or b outside the body getting CUTS not touching with objects that are solid  =no risk for HIV and heptatis or other blood disease whenever I randomly get cut unknowingly correct ? 

Cuts small or large  in mouth or anywhere on my body is irrelevant 

2) You do say HIV an hepatitis become non infectious outside of the body even though the bandaid is packed and wet and not exposed to the air . It doesn't matter it is still considered outside of the body and this what dr hunter means when he says nobody gets infected  by contaiminate  environment for HIV or hepatitis b c or other stds can you explain ? 

3) If you would have asked me son why didn't you fear bandaids before I would have said dr because bandaids are inanimate objects and HIV and hepatitis don't live outside of the body and I cannot get HIV or hepatitis from bandaids i would not have focus on the wetness of bandaids  I would say HIV and hepatitis die even if wet correct thinking ? 

4) Unfortunately dr hunter says nobody knows when HIV and hepatitis die outside the body  so How are you saying HIV and hepatitis die outside the body or i Mis read it but Since nobody gets HIV or hepatitis contaminated environment and environment means outside the body   with wetness of blood or bodily fluids  then 

Can I assume   that well there is no HIV and hepatitis outside the body  as you are saying ?  

5) I can assume HIV and hepatitis dies even if wet once outside the body Except  hollow needle and no need to fear  unknown wetness  on band aids or cut from objects or anything wet going into eyes and nose  ? 


H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Dr. Hook is traveling and it might be a while before he responds. I'm jumping in to say that your questions are pretty much irrelevant. The fact is that nobody catches these viruses from the environment. The biological reasons (whether or how long the viruses survive, etc) don't matter. If it doesn't happen, who cares about the reasons? If you think you have encountered moist body fluids, use common sense hygiene (avoid touching, wash hands, etc). Then do not worry. You will never get these viruses unless you have sex or share drug injection equipment with infected persons.

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
45 months ago
I thank Dr. Handsfield for letting you know I was traveling. 

Your questions are repetitive and unclear.  I am not sure why you are asking them.  As I have said before, the ONLY way that persons acquire HIV if from sex or INJECTION of infected material deep into tissue.  Not from  barbershops, scrapes, band aids (wet or dry.  Not ever. 

1.  You cannot get HIV or hepatitis from scissors which might nick you during a haircut.  no one has ever become infected in this way.  NOT EVER!!!  Similarly you do not get HIV or hepatitis from cuts acquired in the environment. Large or small.  In the mouth or elsewhere.  This is not risk. 

2.  Your question is unclear.  Outside of the body, wet or dry, HIV becomes non-infectious.  The environment is the world you live in.  Look in a dictionary.

3.  This is a correct , repetitive statement..

4.  When HIV or hepatitis viruses are outside the body they can no longer infect a person.  Wet or dry these viruses become non-infectious outside of the body.

5.  Another repetitive statement. This is correct, as it was the first several times you said it.  EWH.  .
45 months ago
 This post will change my life 

 1) I have no fear of cuts  now regardless of what object  ,kindly mention that you meant hepatitis b and c or other stds for this . Instead of just writing” hepatitis”.  Please add the words “b and c  and other stds  “ I am clear  plz don't forget (for scissors or other objects in previous question  &  the following posts as well 

2 clearity . newly purchase bandaids they come in there own packaging  and are not exposed to air . Every  other product wet/moist product is sealed   and non dry I fear anything that is wet 
But I now know from you  hiv and hepatitis b c or other std will be dead even if wet that is all blood or  bodily fluid (e .g vaginal fluid or semen ) 

No risk even  if air isn't going in the original packaging of  items such as bandaid when I buy it  . HIV or hepatitis b c blood or vaginal fluid /semen will be dead wet or dry in bandaids  or any other wet inanimate object correct just forget wetness  ?

3) when you say non infectious = dead HIV and hepatitis b and c and other stds  correct ? 

4)my mom is sharing  wet eye make ups eye liner at beauty parlour . No reason to fear  because wet or dry hiv and hepatitis b and c blood or bodilyfluid (vaginal fluid or semen and any std )  will be dead outside the body  no need to question what the wet materials are going  into the eye ? 

5  using nasal spray for the nose unknown wet material is inside the nasal spray but  wet or dry hiv and hepatitis b  ,c blood or bodily fluids (vaginal fluid or semen )  will  be dead  no risk it doesn't matter what inside the bottle and going into nose  ? 

6  Risk with  gloves ,nurse  cannot get HIV or hepatitis b and c blood or vaginal fluids / semen on her gloves  from table ,chairs etc and transfer  to cotton ball or bandaids when my mom is getting an injection at hospital  because wet or dry they won't be any HIV and hepatitis b and c  or other std outside the body correct ? 

7)   no risk to question the wet medicine they inject her with . Wetness is only a risk in special lab environment in blood banks but no worries of getting infected with medicines even if air isn't going in the medicine bottle  at hospitals as long as the needle is new  for HIV or hepatitis b and c or stds 

8) conclusion no reason to fear wet inanimate objects EVER anything that is non dry even if they are in there original packaging and  and not exposed to air blood or bodily fluids am I officially clear ? As long it's not in a syringe.

45 months ago
Above we're my questions  this Is just a thank you but due to word limits I could not say thank you to . Wish you safe travels always . I don't think I need to doctor hunter as I am sure he will agree with you . And please remeber you are living heros and I just needed your help as you know above post was my last so please read and I went just a bit over the limit so that I could be clear anyways thank you dr hook 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
45 months ago
Final Replies. 

We do not provide advice or copy the wording that clients request.

1.  Correct, no risk for HIV, hepatits B or C, or other STIs
2.  Correct.  Forget your concerns about wetness making HIV survive longer.  This is not a concern.
3.  HIV and other blood borne viruses become non-infectious even before they die.  They become non-infectious after exposure to the environment and are not a risk to you or others.
4.  No risk for sharing eye liner or make-up
5.  No risk for HIV from use of commercial nasal spays
6.  No risk from transfer of contaminated materials to you on the hands or gloves or a health care worker.
7.   Correct
8.  Correct.

This thread is now over.  Please do not return with questions regarding concerns about environmental exposures or transfer of infectious materials on inanimate objects. If you do, your questions will be deleted without a reply and without return of your money.  EWH