|any risk for hcv or hiv
Dec 10, 2005
I was wanting to know if there is any risk for hcv or hiv from an electric shaver at a barber shop. Is hcv primarily spread through needles, and what are the true risks to healthcare proffesionals. Thankyou for your time.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
HCV is transmitted through exposure to contaminated blood. Sharp razors are a theoretical risk; the big risk to health care professionals is needlestick. Just like HIV, the bigger the needle width, the deeper the stick, whether the needle was just inside a vein or artery of a patient - all of these correlate with increased risk.
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