Anonymous
Hello! 9 weeks ago I went to the barber shop for a new haircut and while the barber was cleaning the back of my neck with the razor blade, I think that she gave me a small cut, but it healed completely in 3 days. When I looked the 4th day after this exposure there wasn't any cut. I don't know if he changed the blade, but the time between me and the previous customer was about 5 minutes. Is this a risky situation? Is a 10 weeks test conclusive after this exposure? Please answer my question, I really need your help, I'm so depressed and anxious. To mention, he was shaving me with a razor with disposable blades, like this one:
Sorry for my bad english, I'm not a native speaker. Thank you and I hope that you will answer my question.
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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 from a cut received at the barber. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation, meaning HIV does not transmit this way. To understand why, know that HIV is a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. If there was somehow some fluid containing the virus on that razor, it would not be capable of infecting you. To get a better sense of what is required for transmissions to occur, we also encourage you to check out our transmission equation:
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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid known to the involved in transfer, an activity known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. Getting cut with a razor is not an activity that provides access to the bloodstream to any significant extent (larger wounds are typically required), so this is no risk.

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

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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