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is the virus contagious in any way

Jul 16, 2002

my brother has the aids virus and he lives with us and our three kids are we in any danager?

Response from Mr. Kull

There is virtually no risk of transmission to you and your kids.

The primary precaution people living with an HIV infected person need to take is avoiding contact with blood; sharing toothbrushes or razors is not advised. If your brother is ill and requires caretaking, please read through Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home.

In studies conducted among family members living with an HIV infected person, there were no cases of HIV transmission that did not involve direct contact with blood. This means that HIV is not transmitted through casual contact. It's safe for you to share a bathroom, eating utensils, towels, drinks, food, telephones, furniture, etc. HIV is only known to be transmitted through sexual contact, direct contact with blood, and from a mother to her infant.


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