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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

...equipment used to inject or snort drugs.Unprotected sex is another way to transmit Hep C,particularly among people with HIV. There is also asmall risk that Hep C can be spread by unsafetattooing and by sharing razors, scissorsor toothbrushes. To protect yourself and others: If you use drugs, do not share or re-use needlesor other equipment. Cleaning equipment withbleach will kill HIV, but it may not stop Hep C. Practice safer sex. Use...
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sharing a room with someone who is HIV+

Hi,I am a 23 years old male.I have been sharing a room with an HIV+ person for the past one month.We have a double bed and he sleeps on one half of it and I sleep on the other half of it.Now, I have a few questions:I am a little worried as to should...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...after infection with HIV. But most people do not develop symptoms for 10 to 12 years, and a few remain symptom-free for much longer. As with most diseases, early medical care can help prolong a person's life. How many people are affected by... Read more »

Toothbrush sharing with a Hep B person

my 2 yr old took my relative's toothbrush and put it in his mouth while I wasn't looking. My cousin has Hep B. What are the chances of my son being infected? I am scared to death. thanks
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...People should not share toothbrushes on a regular basis with a person with chronic hepatitis B due to concerns that a little bit of blood on a toothbrush could transmit Read more »

Want to be sure...

Dear Dr. Francisco,I know you have answered this query in some of your forums but as you know every scenario is different so I must ask to re-assure myself.My parents are both HIV+. Some months ago my dad (who is often absent minded) I discovered...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...two negative HIV tests out to "11/12 weeks." Finally, no, HIV infection via the mucous membranes of the mouth would not need a longer "waiting time" before anti-HIV antibodies were detectable.To prevent further confusion, why not keep your... Read more »

"Sharing shaving"

Hi Bob!I've written to you, and you did answer to me. I did donate just an hour ago like I promised! I got another question do...Really, how long HIV lives outside fluids? I mean, here's the story... My cousin has been having a cold now for about 2...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your "worst-case scenario" would not pose a risk for HIV transmission.Beckham is hot and really knows how to play with his balls. Thanks for the compliment.Stop worrying needlessly. Go rent the movie "Bend it like Beckham."Good luck. Stay... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...Mutual masturbation (hand jobs) and fisting (using a hand to penetrate the anus or vagina): These are relatively low risk, as long as your hand has no open cuts or sores. Sexual assault or rape can result in infection if the attacker is HIV... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...lower costs, which is why their tests are free or low-cost. It is the transit (turnaround) time, not the actual test that takes longer. Some people with high anxiety about exposure may be tempted to use this faster service. Testing Issues... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How Risky Is It?

...There's no way to tell by looking at them. When the uninfected person has a weakened immune system . This could be because of a long-term illness or an active infection like a herpes outbreak, syphilis, or the flu. When either person has open... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...you are infected, you can transmit HIV to others during the window period even if you test negative. About 5% of people take longer than two months to produce antibodies. Testing at 3 and 6 months after possible exposure will detect almost all... Read more »
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Sharing toothbrushes

Posted by StupidMe, 1 Reply
...Hi all, I keep reading inconsistent information regarding the risks associated with sharing toothbrushes. So I was wandering what the real risk is. Is it zero, theoretical, negligible, low...etc? I'm asking because I had a hiv risk Read more »

QUICK QUESTIONS

Posted by worrywart22, 5 Replies
...WHATS THE LONGEST PERSON WHO LIVED WITH HIV/AIDS?AND HOW MANY YEARS AND WHATS THE AVERAGE PERSON TO LIVE WITH HIV/AIDS???? Read more »

Sharing shaving razors?

Posted by Carrie, 8 Replies
...My boyfriend (poz) and I (neg) were wondering if HIV can pass threw sharing the same shaving razors. The concern is obviously that if he nicks himself while shaving his face and gets blood on the razor, Read more »

my brother is HIV positive...i have some questions

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...come in contact with bodily fluids of someone who is infected with the HIV virus, but what if he uses my razor?? What if my toothbrush and his are in the same cup in the bathroom?? If i drink out of the same cup?? Or say we use the same bar of... Read more »