Anonymous
Sorry about my english, I am not a native english speaker
I went to a facial and the esthetician used a comedone exctractor to remove my blackheads. I dont know if it was sterelized and if I bleed, and I am very worried now. Do I need to be tested for hepatitis or hiv? Is there any risk of these transmissions?
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV at a salon from a shared, potentially uncleaned, comedome extractor that may have caused you to bleed. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Negligible Risk (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission).

The only way the scenario mentioned above could meet the three components of the [Transmission Equation](https://www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/) is if the comedome extractor was used on a person with HIV who bled profusely onto the tool, and then it was immediately used on you without cleaning, ultimately causing you to bleed to provide direct access to your bloodstream. Since this is probably not the case, transmission of HIV is highly unlikely in your scenario. In the future, to ease your worries, ask the salon about their disinfection processes for the tools that they use that may come into contact with blood.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to Physician for more personalized answers.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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