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Offline MGE2010

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Concern barber shop visit
« on: August 22, 2010, 12:18:02 PM »

sorry about my English,
about 2 weeks ago i was having head shaving in barber shop, suddenly the barber cut his finger while trying to break a blade into two pieces, on of them cut him on his finger then he started shaving me, i noticed a blood on the blade cover from the blade he was dividing an i asked him about the blood and he rapped small toilet paper on the finger the started shaving me again a minute later he took the paper off and started putting some water on the finger and cleaning his thumb from the hand of the finger and put a blaster on his finger.
he was holding that hand on my head while shaving my head except the injured finger, when finished he put a spray on my head and i felt burning then i wiped a toilet paper on my my head and i noticed small spots of blood which i thought are from small cuts or nicks then i repeated with new toilet paper and most those spots disappeared

my worry is this
1- I don't know which blade he used to shave me the one that got him or the the one
2- the hand he was holding my head apart the injured finger had some blood specially the thumb that he was cleaning with, can that blood put me at risk if it had a contact with my cuts on the head
3- what does it direct blood to blood transmission mean? does it considered the the cut from his finger must have contact with my cuts or nicks on the head or the blood from the cut of his finger must
 have a contact with my cuts or nicks as  direct blood to blood transmission?

is there Any chance that i my be at risk? if is how risk

when i went back to the barber another day and asked him if his blood reached my head he replied:no it did not i am sure 100%

PS. i don't know his health status.

Please answer i am really worried
please explain to me  this direct blood to blood transmission thing like two years old child

Thank you
i really appreciate your answer

Online Andy Velez

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Re: Concern barber shop visit
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 12:43:31 PM »
You are worrying needlessly. HIV is a fragile virus. Even assuming it was present in this instance, it rapidly becomes non-viable when exposed to the air.  Variations on the kind of incident you have described happen all the time. In almost 25 years of working the HIV epidemic I have never known of a single case of transmission through a barbershop accident. Not one.

HIV needs the kind of receptive setting which an unprotected vagina or anus provides to remain viable and be transmitted. Your shaved scalp is not that kind of a setting.

There's no need for testing nor for further concern on your part.
Andy Velez

Offline MGE2010

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Re: Concern barber shop visit
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2010, 01:33:26 PM »
Thanks Andy,

the small cuts or nicks on my scalp aren't they considered open wounds if so if they come contact with the cut from his finger by any chance is it risk [direct contact open wounds]? just confirming that i understood your answer correctly

Another Question
when they say [direct blood to blood transmission] what do they mean and what contacts come under this term?  i am just asking this to understand this concept

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Re: Concern barber shop visit
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2010, 03:39:00 PM »
That's right. This was a no risk incident. There's no cause for further concern on your part.
Andy Velez


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