|Lack of Knowledge
Apr 14, 2003
Hi. My brother just told me last night he was HIV positive. He has been living with me for the past 3 months. Should I be worried about him sweating on things or using the same toilet. I need resources to learn more about this and I don't even know where to begin.
| Response from Mr. Kull
Sorry about the news. HIV infection can be difficult on family and friends, so it's important that you find the appropriate support that you need. It is great that you and your brother are talking about this and that you want to learn more. Keep it up!
You shouldn't be worrying about infection through casual contact (that is, contact during day-to-day living that doesn't involve sex, needle-sharing, or blood contact). There have been several studies of families living with an HIV infected family member. They shared bathrooms, eating utensils, cooked for each other, kissed and hugged, and there was no evidence of transmission. As long as there was no contact with visible blood and there was no sexual contact, these family members were not at risk for infection.
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