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Offline razorbump

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Razor rash/bumps risk
« on: May 23, 2011, 02:11:30 AM »
Hi there, I went to a barber who gave me a neck shave at the end of the hair-cut.She used a foldable razor which I am not sure if it was clean or not (definitely not those one time usage ones). I don't remember if I felt any pain when she was shaving but I can feel some chill bumps on my neck and some mild irritations. I assume there won't be any broken skin or cut because I didn't feel the pain (Can I make this assumption?). But definintely there was no bleeding.

When I returned home, I felt it was very itchy in the area at the back of my neck and it was a bit red. I looked into the mirror and I didn't see any cut or broken skin by my naked eyes.

I scratched the area and some razor bumps (little pimple like) appeared afterwards maybe due to irritation. They all went clear after 1 day.

Now my question is IF the razor had some HIV infectious fluid like blood stain or whatever from the last person. Will it enter my skin from the red color area caused by the razor? In other words, I am concerning if the skin problem like this (razor rash) could be classified as the same as the broken skin which HIV virus needs to enter one's body.

thanks for any answers!

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Re: Razor rash/bumps risk
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 04:55:19 AM »
You never had a risk of contracting HIV in a barber shop.

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Re: Razor rash/bumps risk
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2011, 06:52:04 AM »
Thanks a lot RapidRod. It does help! But somehow I still wonder if my questions can be answered straight?

my question is IF the razor had some HIV infectious fluid like blood stain or whatever from the last person. Will it enter my skin from the red color area caused by the razor? In other words, I am concerning if the skin problem like this (razor rash) could be classified as the same as the broken skin which HIV virus needs to enter one's body. maybe the razor rash/burn is only dealing with epidermis which has no blood vessel?

thank you all!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Razor rash/bumps risk
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011, 07:01:31 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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Re: Razor rash/bumps risk
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2011, 08:52:04 AM »
HIV is a fragile virus. Once exposed to the air it very quickly becomes non-viable. It is not passed from environmental surfaces like a previously used razorblade, doorknob, food, utensils, etc.

You are worrying needlessly. There is no need for further concern nor for testing on your part.
Andy Velez

Offline razorbump

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Re: Razor rash/bumps risk
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011, 10:57:38 AM »
I really like your replies Andy and RapidRod!thank you so much!

Could I also confirm if razor rash/burn is only dealing with epidermis which has no blood vessel in that layer of skin? Therefore even if fully infectious fluid get in touch with the razor burn, it won't enter the bloodstream which is in dermis layer.

I promise this will be the last question before I call it off completely.

thank you!


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Re: Razor rash/bumps risk
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011, 11:21:14 AM »
Razor,

That's right, you're not going to get infected through razor burns. Hiv can only infect a very few, very specific types of cells and these cells are not found on or just under the surface of the skin.

You have not had a risk for hiv infection.

Ann
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