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    Skin Lesions
    Anon_126579 posted:

    I am worried about an incident that happened a few days ago. I was eating at a tapas restaurant with the family and one of the waiters I know came by to say hello. He's normally really outgoing since I'm a regular customer and I gave him a hug and a handshake and immediately went back to eating the tapas with my hands. Later, I noticed he had these huge legions on his forearm and hand which was his right hand and the one I shook. I'm a little concerned that I could have ingested some blood since I took a bite of food w/in seconds after I shook his hand. I also have constant teeth and gum problems so my mouth could have been an open portal for entry within seconds of which I shook his hand. I'm very concerned that I'm at risk for HIV or HEP C since skin legions are one of the symptoms of the aforementioned viruses and I know that the waiter used to be a recreational drug user because one time he told me that he became a born again Christian bc he used to have an addiction problem so therefore it's not that remote of a chance that he has one of those diseases. Please help me. I'm very worried and I'm getting anxiety over this.
    Anon_126579 responded:
    Plus, I had a small abrasion on my inner cheek bc I bit myself a few days earlier.
    georgiagail replied to Anon_126579's response:
    There is no risk of either HIV nor hepatitis from shaking someones hand and then going back to eating.


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