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HIV/Hep C on razor
Jan 1, 2005

Dear Doctor:

Is it known how long the HIV viruis would remain infectious in blood on a razor from a shaving cut? Is it known how long HCV would remain infectious on blood on razor from a shaving cut? Thnaks...

Response from Dr. McGovern

I am not aware of any studies which have tried to determine how long infectious virus remained on a razor. However, transmission of hepatitis C is related to drug use, where there is a large exposure to infectious virus, or to accidental needlestick exposures, most of which occur with hollow bore needles. Therefore, the risk of transmission usually requires a certain inoculum of virus that is in a hollow bore needle.

Sharing razors is not recommended; however, transmission from person to person through simple razor sharing is not documented. Dr. McGovern

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