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Possibility of HIV?
Esti2 posted:
I am an esthetician and while using a lancet on a client I pricked myself. Though I was wearing gloves, it was enough to puncture the skin to bleed. The client was having white heads removed and was slightly bleeding at the sites of extraction. I do not know the clients medical history. Since the accident I have been worried and my immune system has been down. What are the chances of contracting any diseases from a used lancet?
georgiagail responded:
Did the lancet have the clients blood on it?

If so, the risk would be similar (although somewhat less) than the risk from needle-sharing injection drug-use. This carries an ESTIMATED risk of 67 per 10,000 exposures with a source KNOWN to carry the virus.

Your risk would be less because 1. you are unaware of the clients status and 2. you cannot confirm whether the lancet actually contained blood from this person nor whether this blood entered your puncture site.

When did this take place?

Esti2 replied to georgiagail's response:
This happened about a month ago now. My client did bleed a little in the areas where I was working, so there is definitely a good chance that the lancet did have blood on it. I pricked my thumb just seconds after it was used on him. Thats what has me scared. How likely is my chance of being infected?
I just had my blood work done yesterday and awaiting results. I have had terrible stress and anxiety since the accident and have similar "1st signs of HIV" by coincidence(?).... Im praying.

Thank You,


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