Please help me! I am suffering extreme anxiety....

Question

Hello Mr. Cordova, I think I am asking you a question that probably has been asked a lot of times before. I am sorry but I am totally stressed out and I really need someone who is expertise in HIV Study to help me with this problem. About 6 months ago, I went to a nail salon. When I entered the salon, there was no one there except for the manicurist. The temperature was a bit high, around 32 or 33 degrees Celsius as it was summer time. When she was trimming my nails, she carelessly cut my finger. It was a very small cut and there was a very little drop of blood bleeding from my finger then. I was really shocked and scared. The time from the moment I entered the salon until my finger got cut was about 15 minutes. I am still super worried that I could have got HIV infection. I haven't not had any fever or rash since then though. What I have experienced has been muscle pains (sometimes) and headache. Can you please let me know if there was any chance that I got HIV from a used nail clipper? I would be very grateful if you can help me with this! Thanks a million!!!!

Answer

I would not be concerned. HIV does not live well outside of the body. Any virus present would be unable to infect you.

In health,

Richard