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Should I Get Tested After Sharing A Toothbrush

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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
...just placing the toothbrush in his mouth is next to nil. You can talk further to your pediatrician, but I would not suggest testing. Read more »

toothbrush mixup - so concerned and would appreciate your advice!

My mother received a blood transfusion around 1980-81 after an ectopic pregnancy and hasn't wanted... Read more »

Toothbrush accidentally shared

Dear Dr. Barbara,Three months ago, I accidentally used my sister-in-law's toothbrush. She doesn't... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

...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.... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...isolated cases of people becoming infected from using a razor that had just been used by an HIV-positive person, or from using a toothbrush immediately after the toothbrush was used by someone who was HIV positive, or in other unexpected ways. To... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Finally, New Jersey Informs All Inmates of Hepatitis C

...patients can spread the blood-borne disease through shared drug paraphernalia, sex, and possibly even blood droplets on shared toothbrushes. State Prison Commissioner Devon Brown and CMS officials said they were trying to contact the 21 infected... Read more »
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: Preventing HIV Infection

...contaminated. If you are an injection drug user, seek treatment as soon as possible for your substance abuse. Don't share toothbrushes, floss, or razors. If you are HIV-positive, don't donate blood, plasma or organs. Try not to come in... 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 »

HELP! PLEASE ANSWER ME. I AM DESPERATE.

Posted by yoshimi2, 1 Reply
PLEASE ANSWER MY PREVIOUS POST. I AM DESPERATE FOR HELP AND ADVICE. Read more »

blood in mouth?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...it anyways). However now I find myself out of my mind wondering/worrying if I could of contracted HIV threw simple things as toothbrushes and now hookah pipe sharing with friends at hookah bars. Is this clearly irrational thought related to OCD?... 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 »