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Author Topic: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?  (Read 3627 times)

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Offline billsanders

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Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:58:29 PM »
Hi,

I made a mistake and left my razors in my bathroom and I live with another guy. Well I thought I was being safe and thought the razors were still new because they had the cap thing on them. But then he ask me if I used any razors sitting on the counter and I said only if it was new and had the cap on.

Then he said "oh well I actually put the caps back on after I use them." So turns out he has been using my razors. The bad thing is I shaved and cut myself about 8 times that day. One cut in particular kept bleeding because I hit a mole on my neck.

Anyways now the good thing is im almost certain I rinsed the razor off even after pulling the cap off. Just a quick two second rinse though. But im not certain I did rinse it off. I did not see any blood on the razor but I didnt look really closely.

I have read many places that this is a risk of catching hiv and hep c. Now what really worries me is this guy I know has slept with dozens and dozens of prostitutes. So im kinda freaking out and can't believe how careless I was to leave me razors in the bathroom.

In have found these articles which confirm my fear of getting hiv from this:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2932524/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3080244.stm

Do you guys think was high risk or low risk? as far as I know I used the razor perhaps 30 mins to an hour after he did and could have used it several times throughout the next few days. So guess now I gotta wait 3 months to get tested and worry till then. I have been super safe and now this happens :(

Offline billsanders

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Re: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 11:06:17 PM »
Oh I also forgot to mention thew guy I live with used to be addicted to herion. He said he only shot it up a few times and just smoked it or something after that. But still.....not good as in he was addicted to drugs and slept with many prostitutes.

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Re: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 11:12:58 PM »
HIV does not live on environmental surfaces. Theoretically, had he and you shaved at the same time with the same razor and both cut yourselves, there might be a risk.

in other words, I would not worry about HIV from the scenario you describe. MAYBE other pathogens (someone more familiar with hepatitis can chime in) but not HIV.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline billsanders

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Re: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 01:23:52 AM »
Thanks but im not sure how long he shaved before me. Could be as soon as 5 minutes. I cut myself many times and im sure he cut himself at least once because the blades were super cheap. It's almost impossible not to cut yourself with these cheap blades.

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Re: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2011, 02:33:21 AM »
Five seconds is likely too long for HIV to remain viable. Five minutes? Not going to happen.
"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline billsanders

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Re: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011, 03:01:31 AM »
Thanks but I have read that hiv can live for hours after being outside of the body on many websites now. But is that away from a human cell? im confused. Thanks :)

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Sharing Razors?? High Risk?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011, 06:54:09 AM »
HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.

 


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