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HIV from the barber shop


Hello! I'm so depressed and I feel like the anxiety is killing me, so I need your advice. I am 16 years old, I have never had sex and I have never taken drugs. I'm a person who has a strict hygiene and I don't have tattoos or piercings on my body. But, 8 weeks ago I went to the barber shop in order to get a new haircut. While the barber was using the razor to clean my neck, I think he gave me a small cut, which healed completely in 3-4 days, because when I was looking after the cut the 4th day, I couldn't see anything there. I don't remember if he changed the blade or not, but I know that the time between the previous customer and me was about 5 minutes. I would be so grateful if you will answer this question and I'm so impressed about your work here, helping confused people like me. I'm so sorry for my bad English, but I'm not a native speaker, I'm from Romania. Have a nice day!


Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. Any virus potentially on that razor would not be able to be transmitted to you. Also consider the transmission equation:


• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection


You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.


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