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HIV risk through razor cuts at hairdressers

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Dear doctor,

When I went to my hairdresser, they used a razor blade to shave the back of my neck and cut me multiple times. I want to know, in case they cut other people before I went there, could have I got infected with HIV? Should I go to the HIV testing?

Thank You in advance,


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Thank you for your queries at

Rest assured knowing that the virus does not survive outside the body and it is highly unlikely to impossible for you to catch the virus in this way.

If the scrapes and wounds are minor on your skin and scalp then they should heal on their own within a few days. Watch for signs of contact dermatitis or signs of secondary infection in the meantime.

If you notice the cuts are not healing, and/or are getting inflamed, itchy, or the area is getting swollen then consider visiting your local physician. You may require antibiotics or further treatment. Otherwise keep the area clean and the cuts should heal in a week.

Sleep well knowing that you do not have HIV infection and there is no need for testing. Take care and be well. Please ask any follow up questions, if any.


Patient replied :

Thank You very much. I got extremely worried because I read articles that the virus can survive for days in dried blood.

Kind regards,


You are welcome! Take care. For future medical queries, ask at

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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