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Does Washing Clothes Get Rid Of Virus

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Washing machine

HelloI know that I should not worry but this keeps bugging me. If I have washed my clothes - no dryer - using normal detergents and hot water, is there any way that viruses can still survive.thanks
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
This forum is dedicated to HIV-positive folks, particularly those who have concerns related to fatigue and/or anemia. Questions related to HIV transmission, prevention, safer sex, HIV testing and risk should be sent to Dr. Bob at his "Safe Sex and... Read more »

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Safer Injection Guidelines That Can Reduce Health Risks Including Getting Infected With HIV or Hep

...down on a dirty surface -- such as a tabletop that has (or may have had) blood on it -- as you could contaminate your syringe. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using your fingers to find a vein, or even to pick up a piece of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...health: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. * ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Couples With Mixed HIV Status

...about $10,000, and medical insurance will probably not cover the cost. It can be very difficult to find a place to have sperm washing done. Having Children if the Woman has HIV Without treatment, up to 35% of pregnant women with HIV can... Read more »
The Well Project

Diarrhea

...Keep a diary of food and other things you feel might trigger your diarrhea and discuss this with your physician and dietitian Wash fruits and vegetables before eating Wash your hands often and thoroughly Ask your doctor about a referral to a... Read more »
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HIV Sperm Washing Clinics in the US

Posted by RayWill, 1 Reply
...fertilization clinics in the southeastern United States (i.e. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, etc.) who offer sperm washing for HIV serodiscordant couples? Read more »

Exposure Scenario question

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Could HIV virus survive after normal laundry?

Posted by sushi77, 1 Reply
...the day before yesterday. Later, I put that pants into the laundry machine with some other clothes . I washed them in normal washing cycle (cold water cycle with normal detergent), and dried them in normal drying cycle too. Today I wear this... Read more »

Could HIV virus still survive after normal laundry

Posted by sushi77, 2 Replies
...contaminated by somebody's blood the day before yesterday. Later, I put that pants into the laundry machine with some other clothes . I washed them in normal washing cycle (cold water cycle with normal detergent), and dried them in the normal... Read more »