Anonymous
Dear Sir/Ma'am
I was operated on 14-June-2016 for gall stone disease. Before operation one person came to trim hairs from my stomach and genital parts. He was using a hair trimmer. Accidentally he made a minor cut on my lower abdomen (there was no bleeding initially). After a few minutes I went to bath room and wash that cut with water and squeezed the cut to get blood out of it and again wash the wound. After two or three days the wound/cut healed.
Now after one month I developed some pich type random rashes on some parts like forearms lower legs and thigh. I am also feeling pinch like pain in my groin area with mild fever. I tested for HIV 1 and HIV 2 antibodies two days ago and the result was negative.
Please throw some light can I get HIV infection through above described process.
With Regards.
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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 having had your lower abdomen shaved with a trimmer for surgery.

The situation that you have described is a Negligible Risk situation. 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 are some of the reasons why your situation is Negligible Risk:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It does not transmit via an object (trimmer).

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen(on the trimmer) it can no longer transmit.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as the one on your abdomen, would have to be in need of stitches to repair and actively bleeding in order for it to possibly pose a risk.

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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