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Can HIV be contracted through usage of infected trimmer?

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Posted on Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Question: Dear doctor 3 days back I went to barber shop.
He was trmming my hair near my neck
Suddenly trimmer cut my neck its very small cut not even drop of blood came out. Less Den drop of blood came out.
My doubt is if same trimmer used to other customer before me if he had cut too
Will I get HIV through trimmer cut?

I heard hiv virus will not survive on trimmer due to it exposed to air.
Is it true?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
No risk of HIV

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you.
I am Dr kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern.

There is no risk of HIV through a minor cut sustained by a trimmer even if it was previously used on a HIV positive patient and was also contaminated with his blood from a cut. This is because the HIV virus is very fragile and dies quickly on drying/ exposure to air. Therefore it would not have survived on the trimmer for long.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. (19 minutes later)
Thank u doctor.
It happens many peoples.
But am little confused so I asked u.

I read many articals hiv virus won't survives more den minute
It dies in 30seconds standard time.

Even transmit hiv need deep cut(need stiches stop bleeding) is it true?
Small cut not won't transmit hiv is dat true?

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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding HIV transmission

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Yes. Only a deep, freshly bleeding cut would provide access to the blood stream for HIV . Not a superficial or paper thing cut.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. (21 minutes later)
Hiv virus won't survives more den minutes is it true?
Virus will deactivate in 30-35 seconds once exposed to air is it true?
I saw dat artical in aidsadvoicer website .
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding HIV

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Yes, it's true. The virus doesn't survive outside the body for more than a few seconds.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. (35 minutes later)
So I no need to worry rt sir?
I can feel happy rt?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding HIV

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

No need to worry. You are safe.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Can HIV be contracted through usage of infected trimmer?

Brief Answer: No risk of HIV Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you. I am Dr kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern. There is no risk of HIV through a minor cut sustained by a trimmer even if it was previously used on a HIV positive patient and was also contaminated with his blood from a cut. This is because the HIV virus is very fragile and dies quickly on drying/ exposure to air. Therefore it would not have survived on the trimmer for long. Regards