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Too Scared To Get Tested After Using 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
...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 Read more »

Im so scared (CASUAL CONTACT, 2010)

I am 29 years old with 3 children and a husband. I just found out today that my father who has been... Read more »

Ongoing fear

I look forward to seeing my hiv+ friend when I return from months of working away from home and it... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...health care provider and obstetrician if you are HIV positive If you protect yourself in these ways, you do not need to be afraid of getting or passing HIV by casual contact. Remember, HIV is not transmitted by: Hugs Dancing Sharing food... Read more »
The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

...and don't feel that you have to tell everyone right away (see The Well Project's info sheet on disclosure ). But don't let fear of being judged cause you to isolate yourself and not talk to anyone. If it is hard to tell family and friends at... Read more »
The Body

High Anxiety: AIDS Anxiety in the Worried-Wells and Worried-Sicks, Part One

... Read Part Two of this blog entry, posted on Sept. 23, 2010. Fear of an Epidemic Resulting in an Epidemic of Fear: The Worried-Wells Imagine being so frightened of contracting an illness that you Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...can happen for any number of reasons, including guilt, stress or obsessive-compulsiveness. The key is to realize when your fears about HIV are legitimate and when they're not. Keep in mind that, if you're worried that something you did put you... Read more »
Connect With Others

my brother is HIV positive...i have some questions

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...still not sure if it really did sink in for him yet. i can't imagine trying to cope with something like that. I am just so scared that with him having HIV that somehow I could catch it. I know that you can only catch it if you have sexual... Read more »

You scared...READ THIS!!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...as soon as it it exposed to the air. Therefore, HIV cannot exist on inanimate objects such as silverware, dishes, tweezers, toothbrushes, sexual toys, etc... for more than seconds. Read more »

Fear testing son

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...was a child so I should not think anything about it, but if I think on testing him again I feel PANIC. I have always kept my toothbrush in an other shelf of the bathroom etc.etc. .... Has any other mother been through this?? - It couldnt be... Read more »

scared for myself and daughter.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am very concerned that I might have infected my child despite my safe practices at home. I believe that I might have been infected on April 17, 2005. I am just past my window and now able to test, will test this week. I have had a lot of... Read more »