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Old 01-19-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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hpv through bathing suits

I got a bathing suit from the thrift store. i washed out the bottoms with soap and water in the sink before wearing it. Is it possible to get hpv through a bathing suit?

 
Old 01-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #2
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Re: hpv through bathing suits

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I got a bathing suit from the thrift store. i washed out the bottoms with soap and water in the sink before wearing it. Is it possible to get hpv through a bathing suit?
No, it's not possible. HPV is a fairly hearty virus and it can live outside the body for a few hours in ideal conditions, so I guess it would be possible if someone took the bathing suit off her body and you imediately put it on yours . . . but still even that I think would not be very common. There is no way HPV survived the weeks/months it took for that bathing suit to get to you. Washing clothing from the thift store is always a good idea (heck, so is washing clothing from any retail store!) but you just aren't going to get HPV that way.

 
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