What are the chances of HIV through shared clothes with blood stains?
I went to saloon for shaving where barber uses new razor but there was a small cut and blood come out. So he uses a piece of wet clothe having alum to rub the cut area and he proceeded further. Can HIV spread through this manner? I went for HIV test 6 weeks later to this incident and was tested negative in rapid test method. Am I OK?
HIV risk is remote.
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Wiping with a wet cloth or with alum, HIV risk is almost nil. Nothing to worry. HIV organisms are very fragile and can not thrive outside the human body and body fluid even for seconds. If there is such a risk, HIV cases would be rampant in all developing countries in an unproportionate manner. It is not so.
HIV Rapid test would become conclusive only after 12 weeks after the high risk contact. But your risk is negligible.
Thanks for your answer.
I had just a two small queries. What are the chances of HIV if the barber is cleaning the cut area with a wet cloth having blood present on clothes. Should i go for XXXXXXX test instead of rapid test for better result? As I told you i conducted rapid test in a lab and result was negative after 42 days of incident.
Further test is unnecessary as the risk is remote.
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Rapid test, as I mentioned earlier, would be more conclusive after 12 weeks following the high risk exposure.
But the test is not necessary for you, as this sort of transmission practically unheard, from a cloth used by a barber. Forget about this incident. Your risk for HIV is negligible.
Before i read your suggestion i went for XXXXXXX test and result was negative. I think as you have suggested there is no need to worry. Thanks a lot for your answer.
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