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Hiv transmission through bleeding pimple

Went for a massage and therapist rubbed my back and she started to scratched open a pimple/ ingrown hair spot with her finger nail, there might be blood from the spot. Is there HIV risk if the therapist hands had any cuts or blood on her fingers? Please help me understand.. The massage location was sketchy
Any hiv risk from the above activity?
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So, the risks of HIV are mentioned and are really easy to remember and simple. HIV is ONLY transmitted if you have unprotected vaginal or anal sex or you share IV needles to inject drugs with someone HIV positive. Air and saliva inactivate the virus.

Any details that you add do not change these risks. They are constant. No risk
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Your situation involves personal contact with an object in air  (fingernail, hand, maybe blood, maybe cuts, etc. ) . You will be happy to learn that you had no risk, because you can't get hiv from personal contact except unprotected penetrating vaginal or anal with a penis, neither of which you did and you didn't share hollow needles to inject with which is the only other way to acquire hiv - there are ONLY 3 ways to get hiv. Note that 2 of them require a penis and the third requires a hollow injecting shared needle - there are no OTHER ways to get hiv. Analysis of large numbers of infected people over the 40 years of hiv history has proven that people don't get hiv in the way you are worried is a risk.
Hiv is a fragile virus in air or saliva and is effectively instantly dead in either air or saliva so the WORST that could happen is dead virus rubbed you, and obviously anything which is dead cannot live again so you are good. Blood and cuts would not be relevant in your situation since the hiv has become effectively dead, so you don't have to worry about them to be sure that you are safe.
There is no reason for a person to test when they are safe. The advice took into consideration that the other person might be positive, so move on and enjoy life instead of thinking about this non-event. hiv prevention is straightforward since there are only 3 ways you can become infected, so next time you wonder if you had a risk, ask yourself this QUESTION. "Did I do any of the 3?" Then after you ANSWER "No, I didn't" you will know that it's time to move on back to your happy life.
No one got hiv from what you did during 40 years of hiv history and no one will get it in the next 40 years of your life either.  You can do what you did any time and be safe from hiv.
The other person's status is irrelevant when you have no exposure to live virus.
If you still have questions about your risk, after reading all of the above, then it is because you didn't answer the QUESTION above.
If this was a risk everyone in the world (including most of the people you work with and know) would have hiv since it's been around for 40 years.
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But my pimple opening is considered open wound ? to allow the infected blood to get it?
The answer to the QUESTION above that you didn't answer is > No, there wasn't a penis in my anus during the massage and I wasn't injected with a hollow needle so I had no risk and should move on.

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