[Question #3514] Can I get contamined lwith HIV like this !? (barbers cut himself)

34 months ago
Hello everyone. I speak from Brazil. Yesterday I had a haircut. In the middle of the process, the barber cut his left hand with the scissors, using the scissors in his right hand.  The cut was at the top of the index finger, almost at the junction with the forearm, so no direct contact with my head. He stopped cutting my hair and went to wash his hands and used scissors. After that, he returned and resumed the haircut. There was still some blood, for he did not cover the wound. Then he set a toilet paper down the drain, which stopped the bloodo flow. So he proceeded to use the scissors to cut the top of my hair, using the left hand, with the frash small cut on the finger for help (I know that was a small cut because I returned there today and it already wass fully healed). After that, he finished the haircut using a clipper. He did not cut me with the scissors, my fear is that I have dandruff and at the moment there were some head injuries (closed), since I had itched the morning of the cut. So the fear is that blood will have fallen on these wounds, leading to infection.
34 months ago
In fact there were about four small healed wounds (from the dandruff) at the moment of the haircut. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
34 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your confidence in our services.

Nobody in the world is known to have been infected by exposure to blood in the environment or during hair cutting or other cosmetic procedures. The ONLY way this could be a risk is if the barber has HIV, if he cut himself with the scissors and the scissors immediately (within a couple of seconds) cut your skin. Contact of blood from the barber's skin to yours, even with dandruff or other superficial scalp wounds, is not a risk, even if he has HIV.

So no risk, no worries, and definitely no need for you to be tested.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD

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34 months ago
Thank you for the fast reply, Doctor! When you mention that the risk would exist if he cut me immediately after cut himself, I would feel it, all right? I mean, when you say 'cut me', it would have something that some blood would flow from me, and I would feel pain, isn't it!? Thanks so much, I am a big fan of your work, since the Medhelp forum. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
34 months ago
Yes, correct. Any cut large enough to risk HIV would be sharply painful and would bleed a lot.

Thanks for sticking with us after we shifted from MedHelp to ASHA. Best wishes and stay safe!
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34 months ago
Thank you so much!!! 
34 months ago
Doctor, I'm sorry, but I have one last question. I was scratching one of those dandruff wounds today, and it was left open. It did not bleed, but when pressed with paper, one can perceive a very short red spot. So, a thought came to me: supposing that on the day of the haircut I had scratched the wound of the dandruff, and it was kind of open, would I still be unconcerned? It would be still small and superficial, to worry about a likelyhood of transmission ? Thanks and sorry.

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
34 months ago
Still no risk. Re-read my entire reply above. Whether or not you have dandruff or it was bleeding is not the only reason I said no risk. If nobody in the world ever caught HIV this way, with probably millions and millions of haircuts by barbers with bleeding wounds, do you really think you would be the first?

Have only safe sex and do not share drug injection needles with other people, then you will NEVER be at risk for HIV. Disregard all other possible risks that may come to mind.

That completes this thread. Best wishes and stays safe.
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