Anonymous
Recently I underwent hernia surgery.Barber in hospital used his own shaving stick . I don’t remember whether he used new or old blade .There was a cut on my abdomen area and bleeding started
I am stressed a lost . Can I get HIV if the shaving stick or blade already infected with HIV . Do I need testing and after what period I should get tested for HIV Please Please help
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after having parts of your body shaved for for surgery in a hospital.

The situation that you described is a No Risk situation. This means to our knowledge, none of the practices in this category have ever been demonstrated to lead to HIV infection. Since you were in a hospital, I am assuming that proper procedures were followed and that the razor was indeed sterilised before use or was new. If you are in any way concerned with the practices of the individuals that performed your shaving, you can contact the hospital administration office for more information.

Why is your situation considered *No Risk?

* HIV is a human-to-human virus. HIV cannot be transmitted to you by an object.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen (on the blade) it is no longer transmissible.

Here at AIDS Vancouver, we recommend that everyone make HIV testing a part of their regular health care maintenance routine. If you feel that you need a test after reading the information provided, you can ask your doctor for a test. Getting an HIV test is the only way to know you status for sure. You can be tested now. The person administering the test will choose the best test for you.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • The Body


  • Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

    Hilary

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