My question is does HIV remain active in disinfectant chemical like barber dipped new razor blade in that disinfectant in which they dipped razor instrument without blade also after shaving other customers as barber told me they use to change disinfectant in jar every 2-3 days.
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HIV can only survive a matter of seconds outside the body. HIV would likely not survive long enough in the jar for it to be a possible mode of transmission. A body fluid (in this case blood) is also needed in order for HIV transmission to occur. This means that the razor would have to have a large amount of HIV+ blood on it to pose a risk to begin with. HIV also needs direct access to enter the bloodstream. So even if the razor did have HIV+ blood on it, your barber would have to have cut you fairly severely in order for the HIV to have access to your bloodstream. Considering all the above, I would say that the incident you have described provides no risk of HIV transmission.
However, if the razor blade was not new, the incident you have described poses a slightly higher risk for HEP C transmission. HEP C lives outside the body for a longer period of time than HIV. However, HEP C still needs direct access to the bloodstream in order to be transmitted. Dipping a new blade into a disinfectant solution which is changed every few days however, does not pose you any risk of HIV transmission.
Of course, if you are unsure of your HIV status and are sexually active, you may choose to get tested for your own peace of mind. This situation alone though does not warrant testing.
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