I am new to using Testim and see that kids and women are not supposed to be in direct contact with skin after application, but what about things like towels and tshirts? Is it just okay for casual contact with laundry and such but just not skin to skin contact?
You pretty much have the right understanding.
The whole idea is to reduce the risk of cross-contaimination to those who would be harmed by testosterone and the resulting development. The FDA mandated the makers of testosterone products agressively educate the patients how to avoid this cross-contamination. In fact, there had only been 9 documented cases but they were enought to prompt the FDA to act. That's why it's worded so strongly.
It's almost impossible to keep t-shirts and towels and washclothes from being exposed to the drug. However, with any good laundry process, you are removing any residue effectively. Remember, your therapy depends upon a regular and repeated dosage to build the level in your system. But the ocassional minute exposure from a t-shirt or towel... well, it can't amount to much.
Not so with skin-to-skin exposure: that would be much more concentrated, and in the case of snuggling or hugging or love-making, exposure could be repeated and of long duration.
If you have concerns about exposure from shared laundry, why not collect your towels and t-shirts together for a separate wash load? And to minimize exposure in the bathroom, why not adopt a his and hers towel separation? Make yours hot red, or some distinct color so that everyone who MIGHT grab it knows that's the man of house's towel. Choose the right color and hang it separately and they won't go near it. And that's all that's needed, really.
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