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What are the chances of catching aids or other infectious diseases while swimming in pool?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Small at best.: Unless the pool is very run down, it is highly unlikely that infectious diseases like aids would be transmitted in the pool. Pools are usually chlorinated, and if not, they should be, or at least cleaned by another process. This kills most, if not all infections. Many substances, including human waste can be in a pool, so there must be some cleaning system in place. If not, don't swim there.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
None and Low: You cannot catch hiv/aids in a swimming pool unless you are having sex in it. Other infectious diseases are rarely associated with swimming pool exposure including cryptosporidium enteritis as this organism is resistant to chlorine disinfection.

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