Anonymous
Hello! I am desperated and I need your help. 2 months ago I went to the barber shop for a new hairstyle. I think that the barber cut me, because when she finished the haircut, he dabbed me with a tissue with alcohol. I think that it was a small cut, because it healed completely in 3-4 days. Please respond to my question because I'm so depressed and I feel like the anxiety is killing me. I don't know if he changed the blade but I certainly know that it was minimum 5 minutes between me and the previous customer. I have 3 swollen lymph nodes at my neck and I don't know if I should go and get tested or not and if it is a no risk or not. I mention that i have 17 years old, I have never had sex with anybody and I have never taken drugs. I am grateful to you for your work and I hope that you will respond to my question. Thank you so much and have a nice day!
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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. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. Any virus potentially on the razor 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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation.

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

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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