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Toothbrush accidentally shared
Aug 12, 2006

Dear Dr. Barbara,

Three months ago, I accidentally used my sister-in-law's toothbrush. She doesn't belong to any risk group (as far as I know) but has very severe gingivitis. I could not see blood but the toothbrush was still wet and this was what made me realize that I was not using my own toothbrush. I am vaccinated agains HBV. Do you think that I should be tested for HCV and HIV? I would not like to ask her to be tested as she's currently suffering from depression. Thanks a lot! F.

Response from Dr. McGovern

The chance of getting an infection from her toothbrush is very very low. Plus you do not think of her at risk..Therefore I would not get tested.



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