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risk of hiv infection from hair cutting


Hello guys
I am from Vietnam and I have questions to ask
.Today i go to get a haircut. During the haircut, the barber was cut into his hand and bleed. However, that person did not bandage and continued to cut my hair.
Whether in the barber shop, that blood sticks to scratches or wounds when my cut does hiv transmission ?
and I went for a blood test and the doctor did not replace gloves when taking blood for me. did i on the risk?
Thanks very much


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through a wound from your hairdresser.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk: (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission). HIV becomes very fragile when outside of the body or on environmental surfaces. The virus does not survive long outside of the human body, and once exposed to open air, it undergoes a rapid reduction in HIV concentration (1).

For this reason, if the hairdresser had cut themselves and were living with HIV, the virus would have little opportunity to enter your bloodstream unless the open and bleeding cut had direct contact with an open and bleeding cut of your own.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission refer to Physician for more personalized answers.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody