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Are Laser procedures safe for HIV+ women
Dec 28, 1999

Recently I've been looking into having laser surgery to remove unwanted hair on my face. I am wondering if it is safe for me since I am HIV+? My counts are good and have been for almost 3 years. (VL=undetectable,T Cells = 600) Could i get an infection and do I need to tell the doctor performing this my status. Also will the meds I'm taking make a difference? Viracept/Combivir twice a day.


Response from Dr. Feinberg

As far as I know, laser procedures are safe for HIV+ people; for example, laser procedures are performed on the eyes of AIDS patients. I believe that you should also inform a health professional of your HIV status, even though all health professionals are supposed to practice universal precautions. Your HIV medications will not affect this procedure one way or the other.

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