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Toothbrush Should I Get Tested

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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 to get tested for Hep C despite the risk in those years. She says she feels healthy despite my explanation that Hep C doesn't always demonstrate...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...I agree that she should certainly have testing for HCV...The risk of transmission through a toothbrush is highly unlikely. I don't recommend sharing toothbrushes with others, Read more »

Toothbrush spunk follow-up question-Will donate

I am close to my 3 month testing mark and even though you calmed my fears by saying my risk is... 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 »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

...because both can enteryour body the same way. The only way to find out for sure if you are infectedwith HIV and Hep C is by being tested. Each virus isdetected by a different test, so you need both an HIVtest and a Hep C test. You might be... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...whole blood or the "factor" used by hemophiliacs. Many people were infected this way. The blood supply is now much more strictly tested and controlled. The odds of being infected from receiving blood or blood factor in the US are very low. You... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

... What Is HIV Testing? How Do I Get Tested? Who Should Get Tested? When Should I Get Tested? Do Any Tests Work Sooner After Infection? What Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...(IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy of Antibody Tests Anonymous HIV Testing Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test... Read more »
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Sharing toothbrushes

Posted by StupidMe, 1 Reply
...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 tested -ve but, over the last year I've developed several hiv related symptoms. Over the years my kids have used... Read more »

question about test

Posted by holycow, 1 Reply
...wondering if that hep B test screwed up my results because right now i have thrush and receding gums, which my dentist says is toothbrush abrasion, but I have never had gum problems ever before this time... thanks!! Read more »


Posted by yoshimi2, 1 Reply

Fear testing son

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...13. He is of thin complexion like his father when he 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... Read more »