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Author Topic: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop  (Read 688 times)

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Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« on: April 02, 2021, 10:06:06 am »
Dear Moderators,

I am very thankful for what you guys doing on this platform. I had been reading this forum and others online about my HIV risk through open wound or non open wound and received some mixed information.

So, here is my story. The day before yesterday (03/31/21), I went to play soccer with my coworkers at one of the open field and the ball went into crowded bushes. As I went into the bushes to grab the ball, I got a hair line scratch on my forehead. I did not think about much if it was risk. Fast forward to yesterday (04/01/21), I decided to go have a hair cut at the barber shop which I have not done for more than a year due to COVID. The day I decided to go have one and there it was a problem :-\. Barber alerted me that I have a scratch on my forehead. However, she kept putting her hand and clipper on my wound. I have been having this kind of obsessive fear and on other thing for quite sometime.   

1. Was the bush incident a risk to me?
2. Was the barber incident also a risk which barber kept touching my wound with her hand and clipper?

I am Sorry if my post offended anyone that reading. I just could not stop thinking about this.

Best regards,

 

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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2021, 10:19:54 am »
Hiya,

You can't acquire HIV from or through a scratch.  Relax, move on with your life.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2021, 10:34:45 am »
Thanks a lot Jim for super sonic response and what you are doing!
I just can not stop thinking about this. My scratch did not show any sign of bleeding at the time at barber shop. I assumed scab cover my wound. It's always came down to "what if" scenario. What is your though? Thanks again. 

 
« Last Edit: April 02, 2021, 10:57:35 am by extremelyregret »

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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2021, 11:54:52 am »
Hiya.

As said it's not an HIV risk. I appreciate you have fears about this but it's not going to change the answer.

Day to day contact with scrapes, cuts, minor wounds and skin issues are not an HIV risk to you. Lacks route, the environment needed, exposure to viable HIV etc, in short, it makes sense nobody has ever acquired HIV the way you fear.

Jim
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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2021, 12:00:49 pm »
I will trust your words and move on. Hopefully, I can cope this fear and put it behind me soon enough. Thank you and I hope you have a nice weekend!


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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2021, 03:03:37 pm »
You're welcome and I hope you have a nice weekend as well.
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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2021, 12:48:51 pm »
Hi Jim,

I am sorry for being so paranoid over this incident. I just cannot put my mind at ease over this for the last few sleepless nights. The thought being infect with HIV scare the hell out of me so much. I am so scare to the point that I will never have sex till I get married to reduce the risk. And, I would never want to infect my future wife. I am telling you this so you know level of my fear.

1. The fact that barber’s hand and clipper touch my scratches was not an HIV risk whatsoever?
2. Should I get testing or talk to my doctor about this?
3. Is PEP still an option?

I am sorry if I offended anyone.  :( I am just so scare that I can not sleep, eat or perform my daily activities.

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Re: Hair line Scratch (1.5 inches long) At Barber Shop
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2021, 03:05:56 pm »
Hiya.

As said it's not an HIV risk. I appreciate you have fears about this but it's not going to change the answer.

Day to day contact with scrapes, cuts, minor wounds and skin issues are not an HIV risk to you. Lacks route, the environment needed, exposure to viable HIV etc, in short, it makes sense nobody has ever acquired HIV the way you fear.

Jim

1) No
2) Maybe talk to them about getting a referral to talk to a therapist would not be a bad idea.

Finally, I am really sorry that you have these fears. However, I am not going to pretend what you posted about day to day contact with people is a real HIV risk as it's not. If I did pretend it was a risk that would be incorrect and also promoting stigma towards people living with HIV.

Move on with your life, use condoms for intercourse, and test yearly out of routine for STI's & HIV.

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