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How long does sperm live on a wet washcloth

By Anonymous August 5, 2015 - 10:18pm
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just out of curiosity, I have read in many places that semen dries and sperms die in less than an hour (20 min to an hour). However, I have also read that semen can live longer in warm wet environments. So if semen remains on a wet cloth (wash cloth) and the cloth itself remains wet longer will the sperms still die in about an hour (even if the cloth is wet) or they keep living longer? Any chance for semen/sperm to be alive after about 3-5 hours (even if cloth is wet)?

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Thank you Susan. Your comments and responses helped a lot.
I agree with the non-sharing part. This was more an accidental pick-up of washcloth and then putting it out of the way. I had read that semen can survive longer on wet surfaces. Did not know that it wont survive after 10-12 hours

August 6, 2015 - 11:35am
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Sorry meant to put in as a comment but accidently replied just to Susan.

Hi Susan,
Thanks for your comment. By wash cloth I meant the cloth used in shower (spongy cloth used to put soap). Here is an example:
Assume if a male after cleaning up with tissue (and properly disposing) has a drop (not even visible but (as it could be spread on the finger) leftover on finger and uses the hand to pick up the washcloth and put it out of the bath tub. So there is a chance that some part of the drop might have touched the washcloth. Now if the washcloth remains out of bath tub on the floor exposed to air for about 10-12 hours but because being a spongy cloth can have some wetness in the sponge and if someone else (female) uses the bath cloth to shower are there any chances that she could get a live sperm while showering causing pregnancy?

August 6, 2015 - 10:12am
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