Read on my GoogleNews today:
Taliban Reportedly Adding HIV-Infected Needles to Explosive Devices
Hypodermic syringes are reportedly hidden below the surface of explosive devices, pointing upwards to prick bomb squad experts as they hunt for devices.
The needles are feared to be contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. And if the bomb goes off, the needles become deadly flying shrapnel.
Some viruses/bacteria can live a long time outside of the human body. Bacteria sporulate so that can survive in harsh conditions (think anthrax spores), and some viruses can survive outside of a host okay (polio, parvo).
HIV-1 is not one of those viruses.
HIV-1 is an enveloped, delicate little wuss.
Say there is a spot of HIV-1 infected blood sitting on a countertop. In a few hours, when that spot dries up, the virus is dead. It cant infect anything anymore than a dried out mummy can eat you.
Needles are a little trickier. Not all of the liquid in a needle is exposed to air, so it takes a while longer to dry out (thus disarm HIV-1). But I just checked the average temperature of Afghanistan in June– 90 degrees. And the average humidity? 30-something%. So right now its really hot and dry in Afghanistan. I dont have high hopes for the survival of HIV-1 in these contaminated bombs.
And btw, where the hell are they getting HIV-1 positive people to poke hundreds of times to get all these HIV(+) needles? I thought HIV-1 didnt exist in Muslim countries because they dont have homosexuals and dont have sex outside of marriage and they dont use drugs and stuff? I mean, they say they have like no HIV-1 in Afghanistan (0.01%, same as Saudi Arabia, *WINK!*).