Anonymous
Hey guys! I bought a comb in the store.. And I used it at home. If someone used it right before me and got hiv + fluids on it. Would I be at risk??
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source for HIV/AIDS related information.

In order for HIV transmission to occur, body fluids with high levels of HIV such as blood, semen/pre-cum, and anal/vaginal fluids must have direct access into the blood stream of someone who is HIV negative. Examples of areas that have direct access to the blood stream are the vagina/penis urethra, anus, other mucosal membranes, and points of needle injection. It is also important to note that HIV is a very fragile virus meaning that in a very short time of exposure to air the virus is destroyed and therefore unable to transmit to another person.

Regarding your question about the re-use of a hair comb, you are at no risk of HIV transmission. This is because, even if there was a chance that the previous person using the comb had scratched their scalp hard enough to procure blood, the blood would have been broken down by exposure to oxygen in a very short period of time. As you did not see any blood and this situation is extremely unlikely to happen, there are no HIV positive fluids of risk present on your comb.

For more information on transmission you can visit our forum postings at [AIDS Vancouver](http://www.aidsvancouver.org).

In health,

Johannah AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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