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Can you get syphillis, chlamydia, or gonorrhea from

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Hi- can you get syphillis, chlamydia, or gonorrhea from using someone else's razor?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HIV and AIDS
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
Generally speaking, there is no risk of most sexually transmitted germs from using someone else's razor. Certain germs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, would never get onto a razor, since they are not on the skin or in the blood stream. Certain germs exist in the blood stream, such as syphilis and HIV, and can consequently get onto a razor if there is an accidental cut of the skin. However, these germs die quickly once outside the body, with the only exception being in large volumes of blood, such as donated blood. In the small amount of blood that can get on a razor, the germs will die quickly, so usually do not pose a risk to someone that subsequently uses the razor.
There is a risk if someone else's razor is used relatively soon after that person, although only if that person has one of the germs that can be in the blood stream. But this would be the only situation in which there would be any risk.
If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
So there's really no risk of syphillis?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Only if the first person is infected at a stage of syphilis when it is in the blood stream and the razor is used relatively soon after the other person.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
You are most welcome.

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