Anonymous
Hi, 

First I will state I suffer from OCD. I am not sure if this is my mind getting the best of me or a reason for real concern.

I went to a hair salon and received a hair cut. At the end of the hair cut I noticed the stylist had cut their finger and was bleeding.

I am not sure at what point during the cut that they injured themselves but they definitely must have been injured while doing my hair. For reference I am a male and was receiving a short hair cut. 

I am worried that since they were bleeding and that I was getting a short hair cut that there was a risk for hiv as their blood may have been close to my scalp/skin..

Please help and let me know.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV from receiving a short hair cut from a stylist with a bleeding finger. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation. Receiving a haircut is not a risky activity, even if the stylist touches your scalp/hair with a bleeding finger. This is because your scalp does not provide direct access to the bloodstream, unless you have a very large open cut or sore and the stylists finger is profusely bleeding into your wound.

Recommendation: No need for an HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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