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VERY WORRIED PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO
Feb 26, 2011

Hello, I'm 18 and happy to have found this site that can guide concerns like mine. I greatly value your time and would appreciate if you could answer each of my questions. Ok, my mom has a friend who's being tested for Hep B, Hep C and HIV, I'm not sure why but I know she's waiting for results. Anyway, this friend always greets me with a cheek to cheek hug and kiss. Recently we did this greeting within 30 minutes of me popping a nasty pimple on my cheek that bled quite a bit and had a lot of junk come out because it was big (sorry I know gross) not sure how healed the skin would be on a big pimple after 30 minutes. Well after I greeted her I noticed she had some dry blood on her cheek and she said she had also popped a couple pimples about an hour earlier, so about 30 minutes before me. If our popped pimples touched and I got some of her not too old blood on me and she does end up having hepatitis B/C or HIV can I be infected this way? Would this be considered an open wound? This incident also got me thinking because I greet many people this way, and unfortunately I often pop pimples, is this a risk behavior? What if I greet a guy who cut himself shaving or any other similar scenario? Should I stop cheek to cheek hugging and kissing as many people don't know their disease status right away and I'm always popping pimples on my face? Please advise as I'm very nervous about this, thank you very much.

Response from Dr. McGovern

I do not consider this a risk. Blood to blood exposure usually means injection drug use where the blood from a contaminated needle is injected directly into a vein.



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