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The barber hurt my ear by scissors, is there a risk of HIV infection?


Dear professor

My ear was hurt by a scissors. The scissors used by the barber were not disinfected. The wound on my ear was very small However, there was a lot of blood. Later I applied my wound with iodophor and It quickly healed.

Is there a risk of HIV infection when my ear was cut by the barber? Do I need to worry about it?

Appreciate you deeply




Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of HIV acquisition from an ear injury at your barber.

HIV is fragile and does not survive long outside of the body. Any exposure to air or environmental surfaces will quickly render the virus inactive (1). For this reason, it is highly unlikely that here is a possible risk of HIV transmission through a cut at the barber. Most barbers are educated in sanitation of their equipment and most likely clean/disinfect their tools before and after clients. It is important to visit a reputable location that maintains a high level of sterilization. In this case, any dried blood that could have possibly remained from the client previous to you would not have posed a threat of HIV infection due to the exposure to oxygen of the fluid.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

All the best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody