« Go Back

Barber cut hit finger right before shaving my head,should i take pep?

Question: 

Hello,
Today I go to barber shop. When the barber change the razor blade, he cut his finger. And then, he shave my head with exactly that blade :( Now Im really worry. Is this a risk? SHould i take pep? Thank for your help and sorry for the bad English

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information.

It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmission.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. This means that to our knowledge, none of the practices in this category have ever been demonstrated to lead to HIV infection.

Why?

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any blood on the barber's finger is outside or the body and exposed to oxygen.

  • HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. You cannot get HIV simple from touching an object.

  • HIV needs direct access to enter your bloodstream. There was no direct access for HIV to enter your bloodstream.

Most health care providers will recommend PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) for high risk situations. The side effects of PEP are quite severe and you may be sick for a few days. PEP must be taken within 72 hours post exposure. That being said, it is your choice whether or not to take PEP. I would advise you to speak with your health care provider to determine if PEP is right from you.

I would also encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

Thank you again for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online

Cheers,

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online helpline.aidsvancouver.org