|Toothbrush sharing with a Hep B person
Sep 14, 2008
my 2 yr old took my relative's toothbrush and put it in his mouth while I wasn't looking. My cousin has Hep B. What are the chances of my son being infected? I am scared to death. thanks
| Response from Dr. McGovern
People should not share toothbrushes on a regular basis with a person with chronic hepatitis B due to concerns that a little bit of blood on a toothbrush could transmit infection to the other person (if he/she had bad bleeding gums). The chance of this occurring with your son after just placing the toothbrush in his mouth is next to nil.
You can talk further to your pediatrician, but I would not suggest testing.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Sharing A Toothbrush?
- Odds Of Infection Sharing A Toothbrush
- Where Are Lymph Nodes That Are Affected By Hiv?
- How Long Does Diarrhea Last I Hiv?
- How Long Do The Glands Stay Swollen During The Acute Stage Of Hiv?
- Chances Of Getting Hiv Or Std From Prostitute With A Condom
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.