Contact with a used razor blade, is there a risk of HIV?

I am living in a hostel with friends and one morning my friend was shaving and I was standing near him. Suddenly, his hand which had the razor blade in it came in to contact with my arm. I don’t know if it was the hand or the razor blade which touched my arm and when I checked there was no bleeding or blade cut there. There was one small reddish spot and I don’t know if it was old or due to the razor blade contact. If it was due to the razor blade, could HIV have been transmitted because my friend has had sex with prostitutes? Do I need HIV testing?

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Thank you for trusting me with you question. HIV cannot be transmitted through contact with the razor blade of a HIV positive person. Therefore it is not possible that you have contracted HIV from the incident you described. There are 4 ways HIV can be transmitted; through unprotected sex (vaginal, anal and oral sex), sharing needles, infected blood (such as through a blood transfusion) and mother to child transmission. If you have engaged in any of these activities then it is possible that you may have contracted HIV and should go for a HIV test. You mentioned that your friend has had sex with prostitutes, if the sex is unprotected (without a condom) then it is possible they might have contracted HIV and you should encourage them to go and get tested. Testing is free, simple and confidential and includes pre- and post- counseling if needed. We offer testing at testing at our office (Deep Griha Society, 13 Tadiwala Rd) or at a number of centres around the city of Pune, listed on the Getting Tested page.  
Kind Regards
 
Dr. Punewali



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