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Can doing laundry together spread HPV genital warts?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Hot water, detergent, bleaching agents and dryer heat will kill any HPV transferred onto clothing.

In brief: No

Hot water, detergent, bleaching agents and dryer heat will kill any HPV transferred onto clothing.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Laundry/ genital war

Very unlikely. if hot water and hot dryer likely kills the organism if cold water with detergent likely kills.
Also need to touch mucus membranes, for transmission, but it can survive on skin . To be safer may consider wearing vinyl gloves when doing laundry. wash hands also consider the vaccine. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hpv-infection/basics/risk-factors/con-2003034

In brief: Laundry/ genital war

Very unlikely. if hot water and hot dryer likely kills the organism if cold water with detergent likely kills.
Also need to touch mucus membranes, for transmission, but it can survive on skin . To be safer may consider wearing vinyl gloves when doing laundry. wash hands also consider the vaccine. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hpv-infection/basics/risk-factors/con-2003034
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
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