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Bloody Scissors and Possible Cut
Jan 27, 2014

Thank you, Ms. Southall. I was worried because of possible amount of blood on scissors. Would the blood contact have to have been directly from the hairdresser to me in order for there to have been a risk?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. In order for HIV transmission to occur with the hair dresser is if there was to be a significant amount of blood present on the scissors and you had a significant wound or cut that was bleeding.

The risk is extremely low to no risk in this situation.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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