|Bloody Scissors and Possible Cut
Jan 23, 2014
Hairdresser cut her finger. She then took a few minutes to put a band-aid on. She then continued to cut my hair when she pinched the back of my head with the scissors quite aggressively. Not sure if she caused a small cut or abrasion. If there was a small amount of blood on the scissors am I at risk for hiv? This incident happened 4.5 weeks ago.
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi There is no risk of HIV transmission occurring through this type of exposure. The risk of HIV transmission with oral sex is extremely low. It is even reasonable to state that for the person receiving oral sex (that is on whom oral sex is being performed) the risk of acquisition of the virus is practically zero. For the person placing his or her mouth on someone else's genitals, the risk may be slightly higher but still very very low. Theoretically, obvious cuts, wounds, sores, or infections in the mouth could raise this risk. But relatively speaking this is still considered to be a low-risk sexual activity as the mouth is not a hospitable place for the HIV virus. Please note that other sexually transmitted infections are readily spread via oral contact and you may need to be checked for these. Once HIV leaves the body leaves the body it begins to die and becomes unable to infect. Having her put a bandaid on was the perfect thing to do and prevented the transmission happening.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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