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Probability Of Getting HIV From Sharing A Toothbrush

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

...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 condoms. Do not donate blood, semen or organs. Practice safer tattooing....
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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
...that infectious HIV can survive in used syringes for a month or more. That's why people who inject drugs should never reuse or share syringes, water, or drug preparation equipment. This includes needles or syringes used to inject illegal drugs... 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 Read more »

Toothbrush Infected?

I found one of my roommmates using my toothbrush recently, and I'm sure it wasnt the first time. I just had an HIV test and it was negative, however I'm unsure of their status, although I know they have been in a steady relationship for almost 2...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...contact, blood-to-blood contact (usually sharing injection needles), and mother-to-infant.It is recommended that one does not share the toothbrush or razor of an infected person because blood left on the objects could transmit HIV. These... Read more »

Toothbrush accidentally shared

Dear Dr. Barbara,Three months ago, I accidentally used my sister-in-law's toothbrush. She doesn't belong to any risk group (as far as I know) but has very severe gingivitis. I could not see blood but the toothbrush was still wet and this was what...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...The chance of getting an infection from her toothbrush is very very low. Plus you do not think of her at risk..Therefore I would not get tested. Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...Mother-to-child (during pregnancy, birth, or breast-feeding) Re-Using and Sharing Needles Many HIV infections occur when people share needles to inject heroin, methamphetamine, steroids, hormones, or other drugs. This risk may be reduced... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Groups Allege Calif. Agency Shared HIV Patient Data

...faced in recruiting patients, AHF sponsored a bill in the Legislature this year that would have allowed the health department to share all the information it has about welfare recipients being treated for HIV. The bill never made it out of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Zambia to Share Global Funds on HIV/AIDS

...Lewis said he would get in touch with those responsible for the global fund for HIV/AIDS to ensure the country receives its share. Lewis stressed that HIV/AIDS has further compounded the hunger crisis in Zambia. He said the UN intended to study... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Men, Women Should Share Responsibility for HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Malaysian Official Says

... Men and women should share equal responsibility for preventing HIV/AIDS and providing treatment to people living with the diseases, Ng Yen Yen -- Malaysian 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 Read more »

Important: Share YOUR take on Living With HIV.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 1 Reply
...if you wish. http://www.worldaidsday.org/ The exact page for telling your own story is at: http://www.worldaidsday.org/Share-your-story.aspx Writing your view of "Living with HIV" could help change important policies. Best Wishes. BWB. Read more »

Important: share your take on Living With HIV

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 1 Reply
...if you wish. http://www.worldaidsday.org/ The exact page for telling your own story is at: http://www.worldaidsday.org/Share-your-story.aspx Writing your view of "Living with HIV" could help change important policies. Best Wishes. BWB. Read more »

Important: Share YOUR take on Living With HIV.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 2 Replies
...if you wish. http://www.worldaidsday.org/ The exact page for telling your own story is at: http://www.worldaidsday.org/Share-your-story.aspx Writing your view of "Living with HIV" could help change important policies. Best Wishes. BWB. Read more »