Question: While she was shaving my sideburns, the hairdresser accidentally nicked the lobe of my ear with an extremely sharp razor blade. It started bleeding rather profusely but stopped after some first aid. My question is, was I at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis or similar viruses? What should I do?
Answer: I understand that it's hard to resist worrying about HIV transmission in your case, but it is not unusual for someone to get nicks, cuts or abrasions while getting a haircut. There is still no evidence of HIV transmission occurring in hair salons, barbershops, etc. Even if she had reused the blade, the odds of transmission are incredibly small.