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Board of Barber Examiners

Board Policy Concerning HIV


In response to many inquires regarding the policy for dealing with students, barbers, or patrons infected with the AIDS virus, the Board feels it necessary to set forth guidelines regarding this sensitive subject:


Since AIDS virus is not transmitted through casual contact, the same precautions apply to those infected as those who are not infected. Transmission of the virus occurs through sexual contact with someone infected with the AIDS virus, by sharing contaminated needles and syringes, and from HIV-infected mothers to their infants at or before birth. Testing of donated blood for HIV antibodies has greatly reduced the risk of infection from a blood transfusion.


When nicks and cuts occur, the wound should be washed with an antiseptic, stop the flow of blood, cover the area with a bandage to prevent infection and further protect it with a finger cot with gloves until the wound has healed. All implements involved must be sterilized prior to re-use.


Since many different disease-causing agents besides HIV live in blood, it makes sense to clean blood spills immediately. Use a common cleanser or fresh mixture of I part bleach and 10 parts water. HIV dies very quickly outside the body and is easily killed, even with hot water and soap.


In cases of chapped, abraded, weeping or dermatic skin, gloves should be worn to protect the condition and prevent release of body fluids. Gloves must be discarded after each service is completed and not re-used.


If an AIDS infected person exhibits obvious open sores, Rule 0200-3.04 of the Barber Rules and Regulations regarding communicable diseases applies and the infected person must be excused until a doctor's release is obtained. This rule also applies to those infected with any contagious disease such as measles, mumps, etc., and infectious conditions such as head lice or contagious skin diseases.