Can you wash clothes with hiv possitive blood on them with other clothes without spreading the infection?
May 1, 2014
Hi just wondering I washed some clothes with hiv possitive blood on them with other items of clothing in my household I was wondering could I spread hiv by putting it in the same wash cycle then wearing them ? Eg; underwear Should it have just been washed by itself ? Is there need for testing ? Thankyou
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi It's perfectly fine to wash laundry all together, just keep whites separate :) HIV transmission only occurs when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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