Kills HIV on contact!

Our agency's Sysco disinfectant/deodorant spray stuff (kills HIV on contact) seems to have been phased out and replaced by a Clorox spray.

Which also kills HIV on contact, says the label.

Shouldn't that be, like illegal or negligent or something?

Sure, it seems quite likely that the spray does kill HIV on contact. Um, so does water. So does just about everything that isn't bodily fluid, since that's the only place it can survive. It's a really fragile virus. Unless you have a moist pool of blood or semen or vaginal secretions or Cowper's fluid sitting around somewhere, you don't have live viruses. If you get a smear of blood from a tissue or something on the counter, and you wipe it up, you've killed any HIV that might have been there. Yes, you should use some sort of disinfectant to kill other germs that aren't so fragile, but HIV isn't one you need to be worrying about on surfaces and so forth.

I wonder how many people have become all germ-phobic by reading the spray and inferring that they could contract HIV from unsanitized kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Or worse, if anyone has inferred that they can prevent HIV transmission by spraying the stuff on their arm after they shoot up or spraying it oh-I-don't-want-to-know-where-else.

Really, there's no reason for the spray to say that. And now at least two brands are saying it. People who know when and how to use disinfectants are already doing so. It isn't like they need to encourage its use with their HIV scare tactics.


1 comment:

Jodie said...

That is annoying. I'd rather see the label say "kills hep B and C and A" on contact. Those are a little more worrisome, as they can live for quite a while.