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Apr 1, 2007

Hi Dr. Bob!!

How are you?

This question is a bit off topic, but I thought you were the best person to ask. Is there any reason why an HIV+ person should not get laser hair removal? Does laser hair removal present any risk at all to people with HIV? At any stage?

I was having it done until I was diagnosed with HIV. When I checked that little "HIV+" box on their form at the next visit, they told me they would not treat me because I have a "compromised immune system" (and also wouldn't give me a refund for the rest of the visits I had paid for). So I was wondering.

Thank you very much for your time. I hope it isn't offensive to you to be sent something off-topic.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Stories like yours are all too common. Is there any reason why HIVers shouldn't get laser hair removal at any stage of their illness? Absolutely not!

Is this a case of blatant (and blatantly illegal) HIV/AIDS discrimination? Absolutely.

Should you take legal action against those who discriminated against you? Absofrickinlutely! (If you play your cards right, you could wind up owning the whole salon!) Get a good lawyer or call your local chapter of "AIDS Legal Services" or even the ACLU. Not only will you get your money back and then some; the perpetrators will learn a much needed and deserved lesson.

Go get 'em!

Dr. Bob

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