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Hiv from electric hairclippers
Feb 12, 2003

Is it possible to get hiv from a pair of hairclippers that may have nicked the client before and then nicked me approximately 15 minutes later since I don't know whether the previous client was hiv+ or hiv-.

Also if hiv dies quickly in the environment why would there even be a concern.

Your website is wonderful.

Response from Mr. Kull

It is highly unlikely for many reasons. The most important thing to remember when assessing your risk in this situation is that HIV is not known to be transmitted through the route you describe. When you add up all of the other factors, the status of the other person, the amount of blood (if there even was any), and the length of time betweeen contact (HIV does not survive in the environment long enough to pose a risk through casual contact), you are talking about infinitesimal odds. Try not to worry about this.

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