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Razer wound skin

I went to a barber shop and got a haircut. Afterwards the lady started with a blade to shave my neck for about 5 seconds until I told her to stop. The skin was red and irritated but she did not cut me. There was no blood but the skin was a bit burning. Is this around 5 second encounter a risk for hep c? The blade was likely used many times before as she said when I asked her...
I am very afraid. Is this approximately the same as getting a needle sting in a hospital from infected needle?
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683231 tn?1467323017
Hep c infected blood must enter the blood stream through an open wound.

They don’t clean razors between clients? What country is this?

For perspective consider that if a health care worker should experience an accidental needle stick involving a patient with known hepatitis C infection the odds of transmission are only about 1.8%.

Your risk it would seem from what you described is much lower than that scenario.
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This is in Austria. I think they don’t do that in many hairsaloons in Europe. Nevertheless thanks for your answer as indeed this seemed to be a no risk situation as fortunately I didnt get cut. I also asked our national cdc and they said it is highly unlikely and only theoretical risk...
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This is in Austria. I think they don’t do that in many hairsaloons in Europe. Nevertheless thanks for your answer as indeed this seemed to be a no risk situation as fortunately I didnt get cut. I also asked our national cdc and they said it is highly unlikely and only theoretical risk...
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As Austria is not a third world country one would expect a licensed barbershop would use universal precautions to prevent spread of blood borne infections
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Hope this was really no risk. Somehow can stop to worry
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Perhaps get counseling and treatment for anxiety
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Will have again an consultation appointment with my national cdc to assess the risk I had. I hope they still say that this was no risk :(
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They again confirmed that this was no risk. I hope I can calm down soon...
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They again confirmed that this was no risk. I hope I can calm down soon...
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I suggest you seek counseling to help you get past this.
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