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No, unfortunately, isopropyl alcohol cannot kill the virus that causes AIDS. However, common household bleach can. See the information below* from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about using bleach for this purpose.

AIDS is not the name of the virus, it is the name of the disease that the virus sometimes causes. The name of the virus is HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, the immune system disease that is caused by the HIV virus. Scientists have yet to discover a cure for this disease.


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Studies have shown that HIV is inactivated rapidly after being exposed to commonly used chemical germicides at concentrations that are much lower than used in practice [in health care settings]. Embalming fluids are similar to the types of chemical germicides that have been tested and found to completely inactivate HIV. In addition to commercially available chemical germicides, a solution of sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) prepared daily is an inexpensive and effective germicide. Concentrations ranging from approximately 500 ppm (1:100 dilution of household bleach) sodium hypochlorite to 5,000 ppm (1:10 dilution of household bleach) are effective depending on the amount of organic material (e.g., Blood, mucus) present on the surface to be cleaned and disinfected.
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