Anonymous
about a month ago i was cut by a trimmer at barber shop and now i'm having (cough with feeling of vomiting during which it's difficult to breath and i get tears in my eyes and the cough is persistent from 3 weeks) ,(my urine is coming yellow),(my Blood CBC report shows high RDW and high ESR), .. Does these indicate that i have a chance of HIV infection
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV/AIDS related information. I would be happy to answer your questions!

To answer your question simply, you are not at risk for HIV based on the encounter you have described. HIV is a virus that is transmitted from human to human. You cannot get HIV from objects like a razor blade.

For HIV transmission to occur, you need to have 3 factors present. These factors are listed on the table below.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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
If you look at the table, you have none of the factors listed above and for that reason, you are considered no risk. For information on [how you can get HIV](http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention), you may refer to the link provided.

As for your symptoms, I would like to say that HIV has no clinically definable symptoms. This means that symptoms vary from person to person and for this reason, symptoms are not a good way to determine if you have HIV. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. However, since your situation was considered no risk, then you could not have been exposed to HIV. Since your symptoms are concerning to you, I encourage you to see your doctor to determine a cause and if needed, to receive treatment.

With regards to your blood work, I would like to remind you that we, at the Helpline, are not medical professionals. We are simply trained volunteers with the latest and most up to date information of HIV/AIDS. If you have questions on your blood work, please speak to your local medical professional.

I hope I have answered your questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.

Best wishes,

Mary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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