[Question #90] Risk of STD/STI through clothes
51 months ago
Edward W. Hook M.D.
50 months ago
Welcome to our Forum. I'll be pleased to answer you question and am equally pleased to tell you that there is no risk, whatsoever for acquisition of STIs through clothing. This is the case even in instances when the clothing involved gets wet with either one of the participants' genital secretions. The bacteria and viruses of STIs are actually quite fragile and die quickly on exposure to air. Further, for a variety of complex biochemical reasons, when infected secretions come into contact with fibers which make up cloth, they actually "stick" to the fibers and therefore have no chance to pass through the material. Thus transmission of STIs through intact clothing without DIRECT skin-to-skin contact will not lead to infection. There is no reason for concern and no reason for testing related to the encounter you describe above.
I hope this comment is helpful to you- take care. EWH