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I I have a question about HIV transmission. My husband

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I I have a question about HIV transmission. My husband cousin has HIV and he came over to our home and my husband gave him a hair cut. My question is can HIV be transmitted through the hair that was on the towel he used to cut and was his hair or the hair itself?. I'm asking because my 13 year old daughter handled the towel
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: no, should i take her to see a doctor. She is not on any medications
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: no, none
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

Hello I'm Dr Chip

Absolutely no need for any concern here--

HIV can only be transmitted through body fluids--rarely with saliva, but with blood or semen or vaginal secretions

The virus isn't present in the hair and handling an HIV patients hair can't possibly transmit the virus

So no need for her to see a doctor

Please let me know if you need any more information