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A 29-year-old male asked:

I love having scalp and face massage got worried about hiv . if my masseuse is hiv and has bleeding hands i know he cannot penetrate my skin from scratches . but do pimple or rashes on face and scalp provide access to blood stream ? no worries ?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peggy Ching
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Unlikely. minimum.: First of all, who doesn't love a good face and scalp massage? Regardless of HIV status, anyone with bleeding hands ought to attend to the bleeding before touching anyone else. Make sure your masseuse washes hands before touching you. These are simple hygene. Also if you have any open wound or skin break, you ought to tend to that, let them heal, and delay massages from strangers.
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 52 years experience
As we Discussed: Have masseuse wear latex gloves and you will be completely protected.
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Dr. Peggy Ching
Dr. Peggy Ching commented
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Latex gloves are good idea but I noted the question came from Pakistan. I have seen Youtube video of their barbers giving face and head massages and they look fabulous! However, it may not be simple for them to incoporate latex gloves into their practice?
Apr 4, 2017
Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
No worries : Hand washing with soap and water before massage is enough
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