|Risks in the workplace as a hairdresser
Dec 17, 1997
My friend was recently found HIV positive. He is a hairdresser and I am concerned about any hazards he may face? (e.g. working with scissors,blades,etc)
Response from Ms. Breuer
A person with a damaged immune system needs to be careful--as all of us do--to wash any cuts with soap and water to avoid infection from common germs. Beyond that, anyone who works with sharp instruments, whether they are HIV-positive or HIV-negative, should avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood. Universal precautions, the infection control techniques used by health care workers, include treating all blood as if it is infectious and always using a barrier when coming in contact with human blood. This means that your friend should carefully bandage any cut and should apply gloves to administer first aid to anyone who is bleeding. If he bleeds for any reason, he should prevent anyone else from coming into direct contact with his blood. But that's true for all of us.
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