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I had a Hair cut and shaving from a Hair dresser, who came to my house and had a chit chat before starting the hair cut. He had done a nice hair cut but when he is shaving and trimming my mustache, the trimmer skidded a bit and touched my lip. I felt a small pain but ignored it. I see a small droplet of blood came out through that cut when I see the mirror. The trimmer was not sterilised or washed even with water before he used it on me.But there is a gap of atleast 10 mins before he came to my room and accident happened on my lip. I went for a blood test after 2 weeks and all normal. Do I need to worry about HIV infection at all?
2 months completed after that incident happened. Can I have a normal sex with my wife?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV concerns. We're happy to help!

I'm happy to let you know that there's No Risk associated with the situation you described. There are 2 reasons for this.

1) Any bodily fluids on the trimmer containing HIV are exposed to the environment, and so the risk is eliminated. HIV is a very delicate virus that can only survive within the body. Once outside of the body, factors in the environment damage and inactivate the virus, making it unable to be transmitted to others. Thus, there's no risk.

2) The cut on your lip would not be a risk for HIV transmission as it's not severe enough to provide direct access to the blood stream. In order to provide this necessary direct access to the bloodstream, cuts need to be severe such as ones that are gushing blood or require immediate medical attention like stitches.

So overall, your situation is no risk, and you don't need to worry about HIV infection!

I Hope this helped,

Sincerely,

Christina

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