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Transmission by Toothbrush
      #98639 - 05/12/04 10:06 AM

I just found out that a neighbor of mine is HIV+. My son recently stayed at their house overnight with their kids. He didn't have a toothbrush, and said he used one of theirs.

Is there any evidence of transmission this way. Would toothpaste kill the virus. My son has been sick lately, and I'm very scared he has HIV. Need expert opinion.

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Re: Transmission by Toothbrush new
      #98662 - 05/12/04 09:08 PM

It is not recommened that a POZ person shares a TOOTHBRUSH or RAZORS with other people. The risk of infection is there.

The only way it can be transmitted through this activity is, if FRESH blood was present on the toothbrush.

This was NO RISK for a few reasons.

I am sure your son did not use the HIV + guy toothbrush. He probably used someone elses or a lot of people have guest toothbrushes.

If he did HIV does not live long outside the body, on a few minutes. So it is VERY DIFFICULT for HIV to be transmitted in this manner.

But if you are worried ask. I am sure they will clarify.

Also little kids ALWAYS get sick. Especially after sleepovers.

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      #98744 - 05/14/04 03:05 AM

are you kidding? unless the toothbrush was covered in blood, you have nothing to worry about. Just take him to the doctor for a checkup. Don't worry. God Bless

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