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A 21-year-old male asked:

Does hand sanitizer kill sperm on hands? (70% ethyl alcohol, purpose antimicrobial)

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Dr. James Lin
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urology 53 years experience
Yes,...: Despite no specific study, commonsense would firmly support the sperm-killing ability of sanitizer. So, yes. Nonetheless, follow the current available recommendations to safeguard practice of safe sex so to lessen unnecessary and unwanted anxiety and fear.
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Last updated Dec 5, 2020

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