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Sharing A Toothbrush Risk Of Getting HIV

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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...
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 »

Sharing a Toothbrush with My HIV Positive Partner

Hello,I accidentally used my HIV positive partner's toothbrush about 8 hours after he used it.... Read more »

Hiv from touching toothbrushing (SNIFFING AND HIV, 2010)

Hello Dr Bob, Need you sincere opinion on what is happened to me.For 3 weeks I work abroad (in UK).... 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 3 years ago. I... Read more »

Transmission by Toothbrush

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
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... Read more »

HIV Risk in Sharing Soap (Masterbuted with the same soap)

Posted by arjun, 3 Replies
Dear Doctor,

I can understand HIV will not transmit in this way, but put my mind at rest I am asking this question.

I have severe back pain, so went for Ayurvedic Massage (Professional).

Had a massage, full oil on my body So, the person wiped... Read more »

risk from sharing a cigarette

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
this may sound stupid, but what are the risks of getting hiv by taking a drag of a cigarette from someone who is positive? i let someone take a drag off my cigarette and found out later he is positive.

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