Anonymous
Hello,
Recently i am having a lot of anxiety relating an incident. I live in a house shared my 5 of us we all have been living for around 6 months and we all know each other well. I am pretty sure that none of my flatmates are HIV positive cause all of us got checked recently.But few days back while i was in a hurry i used a scissor which we all use in the kitchen to trim my beard since i was in hurry. I most probably forgot to wash it before using it i don't remember but i did have any visible cuts while using it but may had poked my face with it and caused irritation.After using it i realized that there was a wet liquid of maybe reddish colour stuck to it and i was not sure whether it was blood. My anxiety is what if it was blood from a person who used to live in the place before us who was indeed HIV positive then would i be at risk. I know my query might sound quite stupid but please help me out cause i cant stop thinking of it and moreover i have my finals nearby please help.
Thank you
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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 while trimming your beard. We're happy to answer that question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a very fragile virus is rendered intransmissible once it is exposed to the air. Also consider that required for transfer are very specific circumstances, as outlined by 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 involved in transmission, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. We've mentioned that the virus is intransmissible on exposure to the air, but this activity does not also provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. So there is no risk of HIV transmitting this way.

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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