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Sharing A Toothbrush Scared To Get Tested

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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 infection to the other person (if he/she had bad bleeding gums). The chance of... Read more »

!!!sharing toothbrushes or shavers!!

My sister is going to be tested for HIV and she has used other family members toothbrushes and... Read more »

Toothbrush accidentally shared

Dear Dr. Barbara,Three months ago, I accidentally used my sister-in-law's toothbrush. She... 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 »

Please read and share thoughts and advice, i'm very scared

Posted by marky87, 1 Reply
ok so I am very scared. Please no sarcasm about what I am worried about. I am a 23 year old male. Very healthy and active guy. I am in combat sports and I am tested regularly. However I haven't even had sex in quite some time. I was tested in... Read more »

sharing

Posted by soafraid, 2 Replies
I would like to share my experience. December 2004 when i had unprotected contact with my boyfriend. I wasnt afraid of having contacted hiv that time cos was confident that my bf is clean... but one time in January 2005 when i went to his flat to... Read more »