Anonymous
Hello! 6 weeks ago i went to the barber shop for a new hairstyle and the barber cut me with the razor blade. I don't remind if he changed it with a new one, but i can say that there were 5 minutes between me and the last customer. My questions are: What's the risk to get HIV in this case and if I should do a test. I haven't ever had sex, i am only 16 years old, i don't use drugs, i haven't been at risk since then. Also I want to tell you that the cut wasn't so bad, it healed completely in 3-4 days and it didn't require a band-aid. I hope that i expressed well, because I am not a native speaker. Thank you for your help!
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Anonymous
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 at the barber shop. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible once it is exposed to the air. If there happened to be some kind of bodily fluid containing the virus on the razor (which is very unlikely) the virus would not be able to be transmitted to you. Also consider the transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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
Cuts do not provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. The wounds involved are typically much larger than the type you'd get from a razor cut.

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

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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