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Sharing Toothpick
Apr 26, 2003

Hallo Dr. My sister came to leave with me and recently about two weeks ago she was diogonised with Aids. I have always had a skin problem which i think is excema related and i always have skin breakouts. In the 1 year she has leaved with me i remember one incidentwhile driving back from dinner, we had one toothpick in the car which she used on one end and i also needed to pick my teeth real bad so i used the other end of the toothpick . Iam always aware of the Infection at all times. Should i go and get tested for HIV?

Response from Dr. Wohl

I think the toothpick incident is an unlikely source of HIV transmission. Getting tested for HIV, though, I think would relieve your worry.

Be aware, casual contact will not place you at risk of HIV infection - even with your skin problem. Don't share needles or have unsafe sex with an HIV+ person or get soaked with their blood and you will stay negative.

DW



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