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Can I get HIV using a long already used shaving stick,
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help! It sounds like you're concerned about whether or not HIV can be transmitted through a previously used shaving stick.

The short answer to your question is that no, you cannot acquire HIV in this manner. This is a no risk situation for several reasons: first of all, HIV is a very delicate virus, and cannot survive outside of the human body. This is because the virus becomes damaged upon exposure to the air: once the virus is damaged, it is no longer able to transmit. Therefore, any body fluid (including blood) that would have been sitting on the shaving stick would already have been exposed to the air, and thus is no longer able to transmit. Furthermore, let's say you cut or nicked yourself with the shaving stick: in order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV transmission, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. The virus requires direct access to the bloodstream, and a small superficial cut will not provide said access.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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