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Used the Tounge Cleaner of person at higher risk
      #251597 - 08/12/10 06:53 AM

Dear Friends I am form India.
Let me tell you my circumstances...

My Father-in-Law has been tested HIV positive few days back.

Me & my wife was their guest for 2 days.
During this visit we had used the tongue-cleaner made of stainless steel used by my mother-in-law..
My mother-in-law had used it at 7:00 a.m., after that my wife used it at 7:30 a.m. and I used it at 8:00 a.m.
It was washed with water and hanged on the holder after every useage..
There was no visible blood on it when we used it.

We got the HIV test for my mother-in-law soon after my father-in-law tested positive..
She was tested negative..

What I need to know is are there any chances of me & my wife getting infected if my mother-in-law is infected and has been tested negative because she in the window period of upto 6 months to be tested +ve by lab testing..

Her testing was done on regular lab testing and not by western blot method..

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Re: Used the Tounge Cleaner of person at higher risk new
      #251601 - 08/12/10 04:13 PM

ugh.. it bugs me that you guys share a tongue cleaner... but the risk of infection is pretty much nonexistent. HIV is not transmitted through saliva and does not survive long outside the body. Best of luck to your mother-in-law!

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Re: Used the Tounge Cleaner of person at higher risk new
      #251609 - 08/13/10 08:12 AM

I know that HIV doesn't transmit through saliva and lives for a short while outside the body..

But what worries me is like are there any chances that very little amount of blood which may not be visible is present on it and when I use it the HIV present in it may enter my blood by some minute pores in my mouth...

Is 30-45 minutes sufficient time for the HIV virus to be killed outside the body where the amount of blood is very less may be not even visible by naked eyes...?

Is this little amount of blood sufficient to spread HIV even if person is infected because I don't yet know if my mother-in-law is infected or not.

It is almost 5-6 weeks that this incident happened...It happened on 4th of July..
I am not able to stop thinking about this incident since then...

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