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Offline motherinneed

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sharing shaving razors
« on: February 23, 2008, 09:37:13 AM »
My husband has recently become aware that  my son, his stepson is HIV pos. He has such  uneducated notions about the transmission of HIV. I printed out the piece on this site for him on HIV transmission but he still believes he will catch HIV if my son uses his shaving razor. I told him that first of all my son has no intention of using his shaving razor and that the HIV virus does not survive outside of the body. So my son would  have to cut himself with a razor and hand it directly to him to use and he would also have to have a fresh cut on his face. I am correct in tellling him that the chances are very very small that he can get HIV from a shared razor?  My husband is causing so much stress. I realize that he is reacting to the HIV news as we have kept it a secret from him. After all if my son chose to tell just me then there is no reason to break that trust.

Offline ademas

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Re: sharing shaving razors
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008, 10:38:54 AM »
I think you're telling him right, but you know...you can lead a horse to water...

Personally, I'm a bit oogied about the idea of sharing a razor with anyone, and it has nothing to do with HIV.

And, no, you can't borrow my comb, toothbrush, or lip balm either. 


Offline bear60

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Re: sharing shaving razors
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008, 10:56:40 AM »
Can your son accept the fact that your husband has some "irrational fears" associated with HIV?  If he can understand that FEAR is a powerful emotion, then maybe he would be willing to keep his own shaving kit handy and only use that.
And I agree with Ademas... its not just about HIV.  I dont want anyone using my razors, tooth brush, or nail clippers.  Because when its misplaced I can never find it.
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Offline snackprof

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Re: sharing shaving razors
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008, 06:58:05 PM »
There may only be a relatively small chance of transmission if you're comparing it to blood transfusions and IV needle sharing, but sharing a shaving razor should still completely off limits, and is outrageously unsanitary.  He may be irrational in thinking that your son wants to use his razor (why would he?  He should be just as squeamish), but of course he shouldn't be comfortable with the son actually doing so.  There are plenty of bloodborne illnesses that can be transmitted that way (which include HIV and Hepatitis). 

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Re: sharing shaving razors
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 01:11:09 AM »
Well first of all he should use his own razor. Who shares razors???  :o

Then who is going to use a razor that is covered with blood?

Even if he was using your son's razor 10 seconds after your son shaved and cut himself, the potential risks of your husband being infected is .. let me throw a number..... 0.000000000000000000000% chances.

Now let's say your son's razor is covered with blood and your husband really wants to use it for shaving. I would imagine that at least your husband would try to get the blood out and clean the razor under warm water? Let me throw that number again. 0.000000000000000000000% chances.

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Offline motherinneed

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Re: sharing shaving razors
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 07:27:51 AM »
Thank you all for your replies. I knew there was virtually no chance of infection and I also knew that my son would not want to use my husband's razor. It is all my husband's irrational fears. He never really could accept that my son is gay so now he is really insane about the HIV.
My husband is behaving irrationally
He is causing me great stress
My son is more important than my husband and so if he does not realize this soon he can leave and have no worries about razors.
As always, I t hank you all for being there as sometimes just to know there is someone to talk to is a great relief.
thank you

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Re: sharing shaving razors
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 10:47:23 PM »
Motherinneed, it sounds like you're handling this very well.  I'm wondering how your son is doing with the whole situation. 
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