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Possible Exposure Electric Trimmer

Question: 

Hello,

I was wondering about my risk of exposure with a razor trimmer. I used an electric trimmer used by a known HIV+ person who is on ART. The trimmer had been left out for many days on the counter in the bathroom. During my exposure event I nicked the shaft of my penis near my public hair. The cut was very small, didn't bleed long and healed within a few days.

I also got an INSTI test back that was non-reactive (after 7-8 weeks). What is my risk level of acquiring HIV?

Answer: 

Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your questions. We're happy to help!

I'm happy to let you know that the situation you describe is No Risk for two reasons.

1) HIV cannot survive outside of the human body. It's a delicate virus and is damaged and inactivated by the outside environment. Therefore, any bodily fluids that may have be on the electric trimmer would no longer pose a risk as they wouldn't be infectious anymore.

2) The cut you described would not be sufficient for an HIV infection. HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream in order to establish an infection. This requires a cut that is severe, such as one requiring immediate medical attention such as stitches.

I hope this helped! For more information about how HIV is transmitted, please visit Avert.org.

Sincerely,

Christina

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