Anonymous
Before anything else, I would like to thank you for your time reading this question and I really find your site very informative.

I tried to search for other concerns on this site hoping to ease my mind with a relevant answer to my own problem but unfortunately I'm one of the guys surfing the web with a poor internet connection so it's quite time and patience consuming. I guess i'll just take the precious chance that you might actually answer my concern.

Yesterday, i went to a barber shop to get my hair trimmed. When the barber was about to shave the edges of my hair, he used the razor blade that was located on the top of his table. It is already exposed, so i guess he already used it to other costumers before me. While shaving, he accidentally cut me on the back part of my neck. I'm sure the cut bled and in order to stop the bleeding he used his own finger to wipe the blood on my cut.. My concern is this, what if he has also a bleeding cut/wound on the exact finger that he used to wipe the blood on my cut? Will i be at risk of HIV? Please, i'm really scared. I have a girlfriend and i don't want her to at risk because of me.
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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 the transmission of HIV through a cut on your neck.

To start off with, I'm going to alleviate your concern and tell you that this entire situation is not at risk for HIV transmission. Here is a copy of the HIV transmission equation to help further your understanding:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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
In order for a cut or wound to transmit HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. This is because HIV requires direct access to the bloodstream, and a small, superficial cut does not provide said access. Therefore, neither of your cuts would be able to transmit the virus, and the situation is no risk.

I hope I have answered your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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