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    Anon_126579 posted:
    I found a coupon for a Microdermabrasion in my current city. I got kind of nervous because it was at a spa instead of a Dr's office. I read online to be careful with microdermabrasion and suggested going to a place w doctor supervision but I went along with it anyway. It said certain places don't recycle crystals as they should and there's a risk for HIV and HEP C. Here's the worst part, the young girl (who later told me she had just started working there) was very clumsy and at one point rubbed the crystal apparatus against herself bc she said the machine gets jammed sometimes and then immediately started using the apparatus on my face again. I researched later that the crystals kind of shoot out and then get sucked back in to the apparatus. During the procedure, the apparatus in essence sandblasts your skin. I feel that most likely there are tiny cuts created especially when your skin has pimples, etc, and I had a few cuts on my face from shaving just an hour earlier as well that could've easily been re irritated (kind of like when you scratch a scab). So, if there are warnings for making sure equipment is sanitized and the "specialist" and I essentially shared the equipment, am I at risk for HIV or HEP C? I am really nervous after sleeping on it and maybe I should've spoken up while I was there. I have no idea what her status is but that's still a huge risk for me. Assuming she had HIV or HEP C, am I at a great risk? Please help because I am extremely worried! Should I take PEP? I also don't want to put my wife or family at risk!
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    georgiagail responded:
    Does the machine leave either of you bleeding? If not, even assuming the young girl who worked the machine was HIV or hepatitis C positive, there would be no exchange of bodily fluids between the two of you.

    Gail
     
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    godsson1980 replied to georgiagail's response:
    That's what I'm worried about, the crystals are supposed to sandblast the top layer of skin with tiny crystals so I'm worried about tiny cuts on sensitive parts of my skin such as pimples or scabs from shaving or even just more sensitive parts of my face such as my nose. I'm just unsure of whether or not the same crystals may have cut the both of us. Am I at risk?
     
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    georgiagail replied to godsson1980's response:
    Sandblasting the top layer of skin is not the same as causing bleeding. You do not report that bleeding was seen on either of you.

    Gail
     
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    godsson1980 replied to georgiagail's response:
    I didn't see any blood but that doesn't make me sure I didn't get a couple of small nicks perhaps. I looked at myself in the mirror when I got home but my skin was so red and shiny bc of the combination of the treatment and some moisturizer they applied to my face after cleaning it with water so I am not 100% sure. That being said, I think it would be much more unlikely that she broke her own skin when she rubbed the instrument on herself. After reading my post, do you think I am just being overly paranoid and should just put this behind me?
     
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    georgiagail replied to godsson1980's response:
    Yes, I think you are just being overly paranoid and should just put this behind you and stop worrying about it..

    If it's any consolation, HIV and HSV are such scary diseases that many worry excessively over events that are not risky behavior in terms of infecting someone.

    Gail


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