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Should I Get Tested After Sharing A Toothbrush

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!!!sharing toothbrushes or shavers!!

My sister is going to be tested for HIV and she has used other family members toothbrushes and shavers.....what is the chance that if she does test HIV positive, that we will get the virus also?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is unlikely. While it is not recommended that people share the toothbrush or razor of an HIV infected person (there is the possibility of coming into contact with blood), there is no evidence that people have become infected with HIV through... 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 share your experience about the window

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Do you think CDC will change their window for HIV testing down to 3 month next Thursday? It is very strange that your doctors doesnt start to recommend this now because they should now before that the guidlines will change, or? I just wonder how... Read more »

My First Labs: Please Share Your Thoughts

Posted by Anonymous
This site has helped me so much. Please help me work through the following. Those of you who dont mind so many questions. This is all new to me:

I recently tested positive for HIV and I believe the seroconversion happened within a year. I recently... Read more »