Can you get HIV from a used pad that went though the wash?

Discussion in 'Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)' started by Moso, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Moso

    Moso Member

    I was doing laundry today at my dorm that the whole building uses and after I washed my clothes I saw that a pad was washed with my stuff. Now I did just have my period, so it could have been mine, but Im afraid on the off chance that it wasn't because I didnt wash my clothes again, they are in the dryer now and I picked up the pad using a paper towel and then on the way to wash my hands I scratched myself with my nail, so now im worried. Should i be worried and do I need to wash my clothes again?
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  3. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

    If you used hot water or heat... it's dead. The virus can't survive high temperatures just like a cold or the flu. Doctors recommend you wash bed linenso and stuff like that so it can kill viruses. Your fine.
  4. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    In short ~~~~ NO ~~~~

    The virus is very fragile out of its usual medium. It dies within seconds on the air. Furthermore, the pad must have been really bloody, fresh blood, then you would need to have a fresh wound bleeding. Then you have to rub the fresh pad into your wound, really rubb it in. Then you might have chance to contract HIV.

    Sorry for being so krass, but I work as an sex ed teacher, and those were the kind of questions that were asked constantly.
  5. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

    You hit the nail right on the head Rinka. And that's a great point... the virus is super fragile.

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