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Boxing and Sparring Risk
Feb 17, 2013

The gym I train at for boxing we all share the same gloves when we spar along with head gear, my concern is if there is dry blood on the gloves can this transmitt HIV or Hep C if I get cut while sparring or just from the contact of the glove to my face

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

First off, dry blood can't transmit HIV.

It sounds like if the boxing gloves are getting around so much because they're being shared, then any dry blood they pick up would be wiped away from mere use. There needs to be a clear significant amount of blood around and a clear significant way into the body. Merely touching the face is not enough! A cut would only be enough if it was a perfect situation (e.g. a really bloody glove and a significantly open cut). This sounds terribly unlikely to me.

Hope this helps!

Erik



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