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Very Scary Situation - Please Help Dr. Joeseph
Oct 29, 2009

Hello Dr. J.

I hope you can help me. I go for facials to try to keep my face well kept. I had a facial on Wednesday. I noticed I had a pimple on my face ( don't know if it was open during the facial or not) So this woman gives me a facial. The next day I see her again to ask a question, and noticed a little cut on her finger next to her finger nail. She told me that on Monday ( two days before my facial) she got the cut on her finger at the nail salon when she got her nails done. I know that esthetians always have there hands wet from being in liquids and cleansers that they use on people. I am now scared out of my wits. What if my pimple opened up while she was giving me a facial? What if her scratch (cut) rubbed along my face where I had that pimple or abbrasion. What are the real chances of catching HIV this way? Please, help me ..... I am freaking out about this. I do not know what to conclude?!!

Hoping you will see this and help me find peace, Matt

Response from Dr. McGowan

Matt,

Don't worry. It will ruin your complexion. No you have not described a situation of risk for HIV transmission. Small cuts on the fingers usually cover themselves up within 24 hours so they are not infectious even if she had HIV. You can relax.

Joe



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