|Transmission of HIV through boxing gloves
Mar 18, 2013
Hi, In my boxing class, I used the gloves that were previously used by another person. After the class when I took off the gloves, I noticed that the skin on two of my knuckles were scraped, but there was no blood. I was wondering if it's possible for me to get HIV if the previous person who used the gloves was HIV positive (since the gloves had some sweat in them)? Thanks
| Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- No it would not be possible to get HIV in this manner. First, HIV is not transmitted by sweat. Second, even if there was a body fluid within the glove that could transmit HIV, it would have died between the prior use and you using them. Keep on fighting without worry. Take care, LHW
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