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hello , i recently when to Barbershop . he did apply some wax to remove unwanted hair on my face. after removing hairs from my face , there was minor bleeding from hair follicle pores.
the barber applied big Ice cube on it to stop inflamation and to prevents reddenning . But what if he used the Ice on the previous client and what if there was blood from previous customer or any kinda infection from previous customer . i am so worried and i have so much anxiety , i can not even focus . i am so stress . Can Hiv survive on Ice cube . They keep Ice in a Ice box .


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV acquisition from intimate contact with a frozen ice cube at your local barber shop.

It is important to consider that most barber's/hairdressers have a required knowledge of basic hygiene, material handling, patient safety, and the potential hazards of their workspace. With this in mind, using ice that had been used on a previous client would be in direct conflict with work safe protocol in most locations, and would be extremely frowned upon.

However, if your barber had used ice that was also used on a previous customer, we would still consider this a No Risk scenario: (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV is an extremely fragile virus, and does not survive long outside of the human body (such as on surfaces), and cannot reproduce outside of a human host (1). In this scenario, if HIV positive blood was exposed to ice, which was then exposed to your skin or an open wound, there is no risk of acquisition. In an open environment such as this, HIV would be quickly rendered inactive, and could not transmit onto you through contact with the ice.

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

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody