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upset about possible transmission
      #21748 - 09/01/01 12:12 PM

I think this may be a crazy question but I am still upset and have no where to turn..I am hoping someone can help me here.

My son shared a drink (through a straw) with a child I didn't know. my son put his mouth on the straw right after the other child and I'm sure drank some before I could scream "NO"!

What keeps running through my mind is sometimes my son's teeth may bleed a little after I brush them AND I have no way of knowing if there was any blood in the other child's mouth (they were running around on the playground together prior)...I am frightened that IF the other child was HIV + (and I have no way of knowing this) my son could have contracted it this way.

Do I need to worry or am I being a first time mom and overreacting?





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Re: upset about possible transmission new
      #21750 - 09/01/01 01:01 PM

I think you're just being a first time mom and overreacting. As has been mentioned numerous, numerous times, HIV has never been contracted casually as is the case here. The only way that this could remotely be possible in your case is if the other child bled on the straw and somehow that blood came into contact with your child's gums which had an open wound/cut. Before you start thinking this though, it didn't happen. Think about it this way. Is this other child HIV+? Very unlikely not unless the child contracted it from birth. All the other ways of contraction are sexual and I hope that this young child has not exposed this way. Second, did he bleed on the straw? Also, very unlikely. People don't just bleed on straws unless they stab themselves in the mouth really, really hard with it. Finally, you don't know that your child's gums were injured enough or even injured at all for even possible contraction. It's very unlikely that your child's gums would be worry for exposure. Finally, if you're thinking saliva, the amounts of HIV in saliva are extremely small. No one contracts HIV from saliva. That's why kissing is ok even when you're HIV+. Please don't worry about this incident and if you really are scared about your child or someone you love contracting HIV, please read through the Safe Sex section of the The Body so you are more informed about how exactly HIV is and isn't contracted. You should not be worrying about something so insignificant as this. Of course, we're here to answer questions too if you don't find what you're looking.



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Re: upset about possible transmission new
      #21763 - 09/01/01 07:17 PM

I don't mean any disrepect, but you're being ridiculous. How many other times has this surfaced in your life?



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Re: upset about possible transmission new
      #21773 - 09/01/01 08:53 PM

How many times has what surfaced? the fear of transmission? Quite often.

This was just a scary scenerio for me as I try to keep my son safe and I guess I felt guilty because this happened.



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Re: upset about possible transmission new
      #21774 - 09/01/01 08:54 PM

Striker,
Thank you so much for the quick reply and all the insight. I really appreciate it. I am happy to have found this sight and relieved to hear that my scenerio is pretty far fetched!

Thank you for listening.



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Re: upset about possible transmission new
      #21775 - 09/01/01 10:43 PM

Relax, your son is not at risk. I could ssy three things: first that its natural that you feel fear and want to protect your son. Second, with all the possible respect, Its no natural, in the sense that you may go and see a psicologist, to feel fear about an incident that its for sure its gonig to be repeated in all your son life (I mean kissess between childs, eat in the same place as other kids etc.) I just want to emphatize that I understand you because fear exists, but in this cas its for something that is not possible. It has not happened ever. Saliva is not a way to get HIV. Third, I just want you ti have present that someone here is praying for all those worried to be HIV negative, people that have made mistakes like me, God has listened to me in many cases, how could he forget all the little angels? I will pray more for your son.

Go and have a pretty life.



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