The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Want to be sure...

Jan 10, 2007

Dear Dr. Francisco,

I know you have answered this query in some of your forums but as you know every scenario is different so I must ask to re-assure myself.

My parents are both HIV+. Some months ago my dad (who is often absent minded) I discovered had been using my toothbrush. Immediately after this discovery I got a new tb. However, soon after I became compounded with fear for the following reasons: - My Dad 'sometimes' bleeds and am not sure if he ever left any blood - Couldn't prove how many times he used my tb - Even tho I have read that the virus doesn't survive long outside the body am not sure if I ever used the tb soon after his use of it - I wasn't sure of the exact date of the incident but roughly I took 2 tests, one at 5/6 wks, another at 11/12wks; but I am not sure if I gave it enuf time especially that I think the entyr route thru the mouth may need longer waiting period before its detected.

PS: Both results were negative but I don't know if I still have cause for concern or should I move on?

Please please relpy I have become obsessed over the whole incident and fear for my life and even believe that I could be a risk to my partner...



Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Lucy,

HIV transmission via toothbrush would be exceedingly rare, if it happens at all. It's at best a theoretical risk and we advise against sharing toothbrushes, because, well, for one thing it's icky and, for the other thing, there is that very remote theoretical risk. Consequently, I don't believe you have much to worry about, especially with two negative HIV tests out to "11/12 weeks." Finally, no, HIV infection via the mucous membranes of the mouth would not need a longer "waiting time" before anti-HIV antibodies were detectable.

To prevent further confusion, why not keep your toothbrush in its own case in your drawer, away from absent-minded Dad?

Stay well.

Dr. Bob

Oral Sex Infection Through The Lining of the Mouth??

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



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 nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint