Something happened last year that never gave me pause until now, and now my guilt over the thought that I could have exposed my child to hiv has me wondering.
I had a short relationship with someone whose health status I don't know, although I have no reason to believe he has any contagious diseases. My child was breast-feeding at the time (he was 2), and my question is this; if I had this person's saliva on my breast and later that day breast-fed my child, could this have put him at risk for hiv, or possibly hepatitis (he's only had his first hep b shot so far)? I know that hiv isn't spread directly by saliva, but I believe there have been cases where it's been spread through contact with fluids from someone's mouth; i.e. if there was a small amount of blood from an open wound or something, that got mixed in with the saliva. I feel like I know the answer to this question, but would really like to have the assurance of someone who knows more about it than I do.
I've already had myself tested and everything came back negative. I don't want to have to subject my child to having blood drawn if it isn't necessary.
Thanks in advance for your understanding. Last year was very difficult for me, and I made some bad choices; I just need to make sure that my bad choices haven't harmed my child.View Thread
Yes - reading more about it here has made me feel more comfortable. I think I was really more concerned about hepatitis B, because it actually can be spread by saliva. Do you know enough about this to feel confident that he couldn't have been at risk for that either?View Thread
Looks like you're the local expert around here Gail - thanks for the response. I realize my concern may have seemed silly, but it's hard to deal with the thought that I might have harmed my child that way.View Thread