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Hey I just have a quick question which i just have to ask to take it out of my head. My hair dresser belongs to a high risk group of population because he is homosexual. I had a haircut 2 days ago, and he cut his finger during our haircut. in the beginning was no blood coming coz it was only on the surface of this finger. but he put a bandaid. the cut was on the knuckle of his finger. After placing the bandaid he continue the haircut and ofter touched my hair with this hand and hhis finger. After the haircut i asked him to open the bandaid and he had some drops of blood, but it was very light red, as you get a cut only of the surface.

I am quiet anxius about this because I have dandruff and i often scratch my scalp, without ever seen any red dandruff which can relate that I might have a wound or something there. However, I am very stressed if I can get something form his finger through my dry scalp from dandruff. or if some of the hair entered his bandaid and got drops of blood and drove then into my scalp with dandruff. It might be a bit too much, but i need to ask you. Do I need to get a test?
is th dandruff an open wound?

Thanks in advance
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting us with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand that this situation can be concerning, but hopefully my answer will help to ease your worries.

This situation was a No Risk Situation. the reason for this is that in order for a wound to provide direct access to the blood stream, it would need to be very severe. What we mean by severe is a wound that either is gushing blood, or requires immediate medical attention such as stitches. Your dandruff would not satisfy this requirement. This is why it's very very unlikely to acquire HIV through cuts and wounds, and HIV transmission is most common through sexual contact.

There is no need for you to get a test, as this is a no risk situation!

Check out this great website about transmission: http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/how-you-get-hiv

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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