Anonymous
Hello guys! 9.5 weeks ago I went to the barber shop for a new haircut and he gave me a small cut, which healed completely in 3 days. I am worried that I have acquired HIV from this scenario and at 9.5 weeks post exposure I did:
Hepatitis C-negative
Hepatitis B-negative
4th generation ELISA test-negative

Are my test conclusive or I need further testing at 12 weeks?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

To answer your question, no, this is not a method of transmission for HIV, and is considered a no risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus, and cannot survive for long outside of the human body. Once is it exposed to the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Any body fluid that would have been present on the instrument that gave you the cut would have already been exposed to the air, and thus would no longer be able to transmit.

Furthermore, in order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. Your cut does not match this description would not provide direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream, and thus would not be a risk for HIV transmission.

In your scenario, there is no need for testing. However, here in Canada, all tests are considered conclusive 3 months after your initial exposure. This means that you would need to re-test at 12 weeks if you are looking for conclusive results. That being said, this is a no risk situation, and testing is not required.

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

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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