Sharing a Toothbrush with My HIV Positive Partner
May 10, 2012
Hello, I accidentally used my HIV positive partner's toothbrush about 8 hours after he used it. I did rinse the toothbrush before use. My major concern is that I have bleeding gums. When I finished brushing my teeth there was blood from my mouth. What are my odds of contracting HIV?
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- The risks of transmission from this event due to the time course (i.e. likely that any blood on toothbrush would have dried and HIV contained in that blood would be dead as well), no visible blood, and small amount of fluid regardless. I would not panic. Also, the level of risk would depend upon your partners viral load. If they are undetectable on meds then your risk is even lower (negligible at best). Take care,
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