[Question #6329] Herpes transmission in laundry

15 months ago
I was Diagnosed with HSV2 in mid-1990s.  Not currently experiencing outbreak as far as I know.  Husband and I are helping to care for family in kidney transplant situation(transplant was Monday). Sister-in-law was donor,  my brother recipient.  He is immunosuppressed, of course.  I was doing laundry and sister in law asked to add some of her underwear to my load (which includes my underwear).  I began to be concerned.  Online reading suggests no risk what with washing/detergent and dryer.  But I rewashed her underwear alone and dried on high heat to be sure.  Is there any risk here?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
There is absolutely zero risk here.  It's all good.