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Can STD be contracted from sweat on gym equipment?

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Is contracting an STD from potential sweat on gym equipment a realistic concern? I'm mainly worried about Herpes and HPV. Can these be transmitted through a small amount of residual sweat possibly left on the seat of equipment you sit on? Thank you.
Posted Tue, 16 Jul 2013 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Answered by Dr. Deepti Goyal 34 minutes later
Hi, Thanks for asking to Healthcare magic.

As such contracting a STD from potential sweat from gym equipments is not a realistic concern but the chances cannot be completely ruled out. Also the chances of spread of Herpes by sweat is a remote possibility. Most STD's are transmitted via Skin-skin contact such as kissing, sexual intercourse and oral sex as mucous membranes in these areas (mouth, genitals, and anus) are most susceptible to infection with STD's (Herpes and HSV being one of them).

Although, the chances of getting an infection by coming in contact with body fluids increases to many times if the skin surface having an abrasion comes in contact with infected body fluid.

As per my advice, its better you clean it before use and better avoid if you had any fresh abrasion in your perineal areas or area by which you will use the equipment.

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