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A 29-year-old female asked:

can you get hiv if you pop someone's pimple and blood gets on your nails? my nails are not the healthiest.

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Not quite: Wash out the blood. If open skin see a doctor if the exposure is significant for evaluation and post exposure prophylaxis
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Blood and body fluid: One can potentially get infected with HIV with exposure to an infected person's blood or body fluid. Usually it requires a bit prolonged exposure or a single large exposure. While pus from a pimple may be considered a ' body fluid' technically, the amount of virus in a pimp,ex would be minuscule to transmit the infection with such brief exposure. An HIV antibody test in four weeks may be helpful.

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I have some bumps under my arm pits like a pimple. I don't feel anytbing hard under the surface like a tumor. But i'll pop them or I see a little white tip & pop it & a lot of white string will come out in each one. What is it? I also have dark pits & I'v

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