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Please answer! Possible risk from fluid being on hands
Sep 9, 2013

I was visiting my friends uncle with them while out of town and he test positive for HIV/Aids. I shook his hand then brushed my teeth after. I'm worried that I might have touched the bristles of my toothbrush with the same hand that I shook with. I'm worried he possibly had a bodily fluid on his hand. Am I at risk? My gums were also bleeding as I brushed which would possibly create a higher risk situation. Please answer, in freaking out!

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there,

HIV does not live well outside of the human body, and is not spread through casual contact like this. You were not at risk.

I would familiarize yourself with our section on HIV Prevention. It has a lot of easy to understand information on how HIV is and is not transmitted.

In health,

Richard



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