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During shave I felt pain in my partially popped pimples but noticed no visible blood 1 hour after shave ( I didn't check immediately and checked only after returning home and had washed my face within that time). After I came home I noticed a few red scratches around my neck, although there was a slight pain but again there was no visible blood. Am I at risk? And also do the partially popped pimples pose a risk? I repeat there was no visible blood 1 hour after shave (I can't remember if there was during shaving though). I had almost 4/5 pimples around my face, some were partially popped and others were not popped. I experienced slight pain around my pimples and scratches during shave but there was no visible blood. The barber said he had changed blades but I don't believe him. Also there was around 1 minute time gap between the last customer and me. I am concerned that during shave my unpopped pimples were opened and it bled but remained unnoticed as I checked after 1 hour. Is this scenario possible? I am also worried about those red scratches around my neck. I can't remember if they were present before the shave or were created by the razor. If they were present before the shave and it bled while shaving would it have been possible by the time I noticed it (after 1 hour) all traces of blood around the scratches vanished? Or If the razor created those scratches, is that bad news for me. Can infected blood pass through scratches? How do I attach a picture of those red scratches made my the razor? I would also like to know if the shaving cream kills the virus. Please help me out I am extremely worried and can't focus on my studies. Thank You.
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Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you are quite worried about the possibility of HIV transmitting from getting a shave at the barber. We're happy to answer your question for you.

We think it's highly unlikely that the barber did not sterilize their materials between customers, but even if they did not, this would be considered a negligible risk activity. Negligible risk means that while transmissions are theoretically possible, they have never been observed to actually occur. To see the risks associated with this and many other common activities, we encourage you to check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart).

To understand why, know that HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to the air. Also consider the HIV transmission equation:
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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid known to be involved in transfer, an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent.

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your questions, we hope this answer eases a bit of your anxiety, and that you can get back to focusing on your studies.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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