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My 22 year old daughter was just diagnosed with type 2 herpes. We are so scared . help

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Thank you for your follow up.
To answer your first question, No the transmission of HIV because of reused alcholo swabs has never been documented because the practise of re-using cotton/alcohol swabs is NEVER normal. Still, if you have experienced this, the chances of HIV transmission is highly unlikely.
Secondly alcohol cannot kill the HIV virus, the only currenlty known chemical capable of doing it is glutaraldehyde. But considering that there must have been a time lag between the cotton being re-used, the HIV virus most probably died in the interim since this virus cannot survive for long periods outside the body.
Hope this helps,

Patient replied :

Thank you very much. If there is time lag(10minutes) between cotton re used, the virus would be died or lose its ability? If little amount virus get into blood stream, is it Ok (our body could fight with little amount of virus?) Thank you.

Yes the virus does not survive outisde human body for long, hence if there is a time lag the virus would die.
And even if little amount goes in the blood stream it can be dangerous, since they start multiplying right away.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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