Anonymous
Dear sir,

I had a cut in barber shop during february and March. Am not sure whether the barber used a new blade.further I got a tetanus shot in April and am not sure that the nurse used a new syringe.However I got tested.I took ellisa test this month and it's negative.I took p 24 and antibody test and waiting for the results.why do websites tell that hiv can be transmitted through contaminated razors.please explain.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver Helpline. I'll be glad to address your questions for you.

So first, it is very unlikely for HIV to be transmitted through a haircut. Also HIV does not generally transmit through razor blades, since any small cuts caused by the razor do not provide a direct access to your blood stream that is required for HIV transmission. Also HIV dies very quickly upon exposure to air, and cannot survive on the surface of a razor.

For your tetanus shot, unfortunately I cannot comment on the quality of the hygienic quality of the health care facility you visited. Are you here in North America? In the US and Canada, health care facilities should use new needles for each patient. Remember that you always have the right to ask your nurse or doctor to unwrap a brand new syringe in front of you whenever they are about to use a syringe for you.

The Elisa test that you took can show 95% of HIV infections within the first 21-25 days post-exposure. However, for any HIV test to be considered "conclusive", it must be taken after 12 weeks (3 months) post exposure.

I hope I have answered your question. Feel free to contact us again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/online

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (PST)

604 253 0566 Ext. 299

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