CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update Swimming Pools Don't Pose Risk of AIDS
February 28, 1995
Washington Post (Health) (02/28/95) P. 5
Public health officials say that the risk of contracting AIDS
from swimming pools is virtually nonexistent. "We have over
440,000 persons reported with AIDS in the United States since
the epidemic began, and none of those have been associated
with exposure to pools or any other sports-related contact,"
said John W. Ward, chief of HIV/AIDS Surveillance for the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ward said that,
similarly to household bleach, chlorine also inactivates HIV.
He added that the divers and swimmers who were in the pool
after diver Greg Louganis' accident during the 1988 Summer
Olympics were not at risk.