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Transmission of HIV Through A Blade

05/05/2004

Question:

I went to the barber shop today to get a hair cut. While getting my hair cut the stylist used a flat blade to shave the back of neck area. My question is: how safe is this method as far as spreading infectiouse diseses such as HIV and that? I'm a bit of a worrier to begin with and wondered if you can help me. Thanks for your attention and hope to hear from you soon.

Answer:

As long as the blade is cleaned, there is no risk.

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati