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Do I Have HIV After Being Cut By A Manicure Tool?

10/05/2005

Question:

A few years ago, I had my nails done. During the manicure, the manicurist nicked my finger with a tool. I did not think much about it, because it had happened before. About 10 days later, I threw up twice. I had no other symptoms, but several things would have caused me to throw up.(I started my period, I took my medicine for cramps on an empty stomach, and tried to sooth my stomach with several peppermint candies). I have been worried that I could have contacted HIV in this way. Your comments will be appreciated.

Answer:

Your symptoms were mainly vomiting which does not fit completely with acute HIV seroconversion disorder. There may be another exposure that caused you to acquire this infection.

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati