Two bank tellers in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province were told by doctors that they caught sexually-transmitted diseases from touching dirty paper money.
One of tellers, 30-year-old A Li (pseudonym), say that the only person she was sexually active with was her fiancé, who tested negative for STDs.
A gynecologist at Wenzhou City People’s Hospital told the woman that she had been indirectly infected with genital warts after handling money at her work, mostly likely after using the bathroom without washing her hands.
Another doctor at the hospital, Li Feifei, told reporters that her former patient, Xiaole (pseudonym), had the same experience. Xiaole, who claims to have had no prior sexual experience, was also infected with an STD after being in contact with money at her banking job.
Other doctors have stated that most STDs cannot be spread through contact with with toilet seats, shared utensils, swimming pools or money, with the exception of a few. The herpes virus, for example, can be transmitted from a surface through a break in the skin because it can last a few hours outside of the body. In most cases, however, it is very unlikely.
In 2013, the Ministry of Commerce drafted a regulation banning HIV-positive people and people with STDs from using public bathhouses under the belief that the virus could be spread by taking baths with others.
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By Sharon Choi