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Question: 

First of all, congratulations for this project. It not only help people all over the world as it also gives credibility because Canada its a very serious country, so people know they can rely on you without any doubts.

My doubt its about a massage I did in a business trip to China recently. Only massage, nothing else, in a very top hotel, and very clean place. The massagist even wear mask to make it, but I know this does not concern my question. Anyways, I am 40 years old and have some pimples in my back, always had, now that I am turning older pimples are becoming less and less, but still have some (not too much, just usual as many men do). So, I always check the hands of the massagist before making massage to check to see if she doesn't have any cuts or something similar. As the light wasn't so strong as it was a relaxing place, I could not see anything. But at the end when I turn on the normal light I could see small pimple NOT in the palm of her hands (where she uses to do the massage), but on the back (may not even have touch my back). But it was very small, like a mosquito bite (not blood or anything like it) just like a very small pimple (about 1 millimeter, very very small).

Anyways, my concern is if the little pimple on the back of her hands may have touched the pimples of my back, is there any chance to have contracted HIV. I did went to my doctor back home as precaution and he told me 100% NO, but its always good to have a second opinion from such a well respected institution as yours.

Thanks a lot for the attention.

Answer: 

Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline,

We understand that you are wondering if there is a risk of acquiring HIV through pimple to pimple contact during a massage.

We agree with your doctor that there is no risk of acquiring HIV from this activity.

In order for HIV to be transmitted, the bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. (1) The types of cuts required for transmission would be open cuts that are bleeding and require stitches. Pimples do not qualify as open sores and would not provide the degree of direct access to your bloodstream required.

You can rest assured that you did not acquire HIV during this activity and no further action is required.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline, Dyson