Can I get aids or an STD from my toothbrush touching someone elses toothbrush?

by Rachel on May 12, 2011

We put our toothbrushes in a container and sometimes some of the toothbrushes rub against eachother a bit, what are the chances that I will get an STD if my toothbrush accidently rubs on the toothbrush of an HIV-infected person?

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Golden Monkey May 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

The number one cause for spreading HIV and other STDs is from toothbrushes. Burn the thing. Buy a new one then wrap it with a condom when you are done brushing.

Sienna <3 May 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

hahaha, no you cant!
you need to share bodily fluids, which is why its usually spread through sex or getting someone with HIVs blood into a cut of own.
its perfectly fine to leave your toothbrush.

anu May 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm


Harry > Edward May 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

You cannot contract an STI from saliva. Only from sexual discharge, breast milk, or blood.

elpi May 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

What are you brushing? You should keep them separate, because there are other germs you can catch from their touching.
You can transmit germs when kissing, but, that’s what your immune system is for.

Angelica May 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

There was an article in Time Magazine many years ago that stated that if you used the toothbrush of a person who has Hepatitis C you can contract Hepatitis C from them due to the tiny micro-molecules of blood left on the toothbrush. The same thing was said for sharing razors for shaving. Using this premise, this would hold true for any blood-borne disease, such as HIV. However, this was in regards to sharing toothbrushes, not toothbrushes touching. I thought this was an interesting fact to point out.

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