In China, Bank Tellers Get Sexually Transmitted Disease From Contaminated Money

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Two bank employees in China have been infected with sexually transmitted diseases during work, Doctors in country say.

The bank tellers in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, were informed that they likely got the STDs after touching infected paper money.

One of the tellers, a 30-year-old woman, said that the only person with whom she was sexually active was her fiance, and he tested negative for STDs.

A gynecologist at the Wenzhou City People’s Hospital said that the woman had been indirectly infected with genital warts after handling money at work most probably after using the bathroom without washing her hands.

Another doctor at the hospital, Li Feifei, said that he had a patient who had the same experience. Feifei said that his patient, a woman, claimed to have been a virgin with no previous sexual experience.

She was also infected with an STD after being in contact with money at her job working as a bank teller.

While most STDs cannot be transmitted through contact with toilet seats, shared utensils, swimming pools or money, there are exceptions, doctors said. The herpes virus for example, can be transmitted through a break in the skin, as it can last a few hours outside the body.

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