I don't know much about Hepatitis C or HIV but I have this question to ask you guys. If someones clothes have blood on them who has Hepatitis C or HIV, is there any risk of the blood washing off the bloody clothes and on to my own in the same wash? Or would the washing machine drain away all blood? I ask this only because I have heard blood when dried can be a risk for Hep C and if it did some how get back on the clothes would that be a risk or not?
I am also thinking Hepatitis C or HIV would not have a chance in the washing machine, right? lol.
Sorry for the questions, i know they sound crazy but I just wanted to know.
Hepatitis C only lives for a few hours outside of the body. After that blood would not be infectious if dried. However whole blood that is refrigerated for weeks is still contagious if it is administered intravenously, as in a transfusion. That used to happen before the blood supply was cleaned up in 1992. DTD
From only a guess, if the virus lives only a few hours. By the time the person took off the clothes, they went through the wash cycle and then the dry cycle and into the closet for even a day. No. Even if they skipped the closet step. That is a two hour process right there. And I would think the heat from the dryer would finish off anything left. Make sense?
it's a blood to blood disease...if I were to touch someone's blood who has hep c, I wouldn't be that concerned that it would go across my skin into my bloodstream, unless I had a cut on my finger, etc...if it was able to go across dry skin, they'd have evidence of that, and they just don't....bodily fluids are more controversial, but many researches believe that this is blood to blood...
Hepatitis C virus can live outside the body for days if not weeks. Even dried blood can show the virus. HIV is different and cannot live long outside the body but HCV definitely can.
To answer your question you have nothing to worry about with washing your clothes with someone that has HIV or HCV. What you may have to worry about is your obvious phobias :-)
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