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A 26-year-old female asked:

Are hand sanitizer (alcohol denat/ethanol) enough to kill genital hpv high risks and low risk on finger after touched genital while washing during toilet use? is it okay using alcohol instead bleach when water and soap not around?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Unfortunately No.: HPV is one of the few organisms that can withstand most normal alcohol based disinfectants. It is a problem for hospitals, dr offices and the public in general. In response, they have switched to chemical cleaners based on bleach, hypochlorite or peracetic acid or autoclaving. At home, a wipedown with a 5% bleach solution will kill HPV. Hand washing + hypochlorite spray reduces the amount of HPV.

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