[Question #7249] Electrolysis Risk

5 months ago
Hi,

I know this is most likely an extremely paranoid question, so I apologize in advance. A few days ago, I had some electrolysis done on a few hairs on my neck. The place seemed clean and the lady doing it is registered with the state and I looked her up on the state licensing websites and there are no registered complaints. Everything was already set up when I came in so I didn't see her putting together the equipment or anything. After leaving, I suddenly became really nervous about the possibility of the needle in the electrolysis probe being reused and acquiring HIV or hepatitis. I was vaccinated for hepatitis as a child. Do you think this poses any risk?  Should I get tested in a few weeks just in case?

Thanks so much and again sorry for anxious question.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
5 months ago
Welcome to the forum and thanks for your question.  I’ll be glad to comment.  Electrolysis carries no risk for acquisition of HIV, hepatitis, or any other blood borne infection.  The electrolysis process actually would destroy viruses and bacteria an the same way it destroys hair follicles.  No reason for concern or for testing.

I hope this information is helpful.  If there are further questions, please feel free to use your up to two follow-up questions for clarification.  Take care.  EWH
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5 months ago
Thanks so much!  That is super relieving. Just to confirm, even in a worst case scenario if a needle was reused or not sterilized properly (which I recognize is pretty unlikely), there wouldn't be a risk since the pulse of electricity would kill a virus? It doesn't matter that the needle enters the skin first?

Thanks again! I really appreciate it.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
5 months ago
Correct.  There is no risk for HIV or other blood borne viruses from electrolysis.  EWH---