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Can I get HIV from a small cut at the barbershop?

Question: 

Hello! 7 weeks ago I went to the barbershop in order to get a new haircut and the barber cut me with the razor blade. It was a small cut which healed completely in 3-4 days. I don't know if the blade was changed or sanitized, but I know that the time between me and the previous customer was about 5 minutes. What are the chances to acquire HIV in this way?
Please respond to me because i'm so stressed and depressed and I don't know what to do. I also have 3 swollen lymph nodes at my neck.

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after getting a cut from a barbers razor. You are concerned about whether the razor was sanitised or not.

The situation that you described is a *Negligible Risk**. This means that, all of the practices assigned to this risk level present a potential for HIV transmission because they do involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report.

Why is your situation Negligible Risk8?

  • HIV is a human-to-human virus. HIV does NOT transmit from human-to-object(razor)-to-human.

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen(on a razor), it is rendered non-transmissible.

Currently, there are no symptoms that we attribute to HIV since the virus presents itself differently in different people. The symptoms that you are experiencing could be indicative of other viral infections. I would encourage you to check in with your doctor and discuss these symptoms in detail.

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

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

Hilary

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