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I cut my infected uncle's hair using an electric machine, i did wipe it and less than 2 minutes shaved my beards, there was no visible blood on the machine when i was wiping it by i did cut myself on shaving ,i want to find out the possibility of me contracting the HIV virus
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after shaving your uncle's hair with an electric shaving machine and then shaving your beard.

Sharing razors is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that it can present a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report. Here's why your situation is Negligible Risk:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object, such as a razor or electric shaving device.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any bodily fluids on the electric shaver were outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and thus could not transmit HIV to you.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as the small cut you had while shaving, simply do not provide the conditions necessary for transmission to occur. For superficial cuts to potential provide direct access to the bloodstream, they would have to be actively bleeding and in need of stitches or surgery to repair. From what I understand, this was not the case in your situation.



I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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