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Hiv transmission through scalp acne/folliculitis
Sep 1, 2013

Hi Shannon,

I am a 30 over years old guy and only recently I realized that I have acne or folliculitis on my scalp. I normally goes to a hair salon where they wash and massage your hair before cutting them. When they wash, at times they will scratch your scalp pretty hard.

Now, I am not sure if my scalp bleeds (due to the acne or the folliculitis) if they scratch too hard but if it does, could hiv transfer through this way, if they have bleeding fingers?

How about their electric shavers or cutting utensils? Safe when it touches my acne/folliculitis?

Just worried here. Do I need to get tested?

Thanks, Regards. 7th

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi HIV transmission does not occur in this manner. There has to be a prolong and direct exchange of body fluid. This through unprotected sex or sharing needles. Also keep in mind that HIV begins to die once it leaves the body is unable to infect. HIV transmission from a hair salon is not possible.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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