A woman in Brazil was reportedly diagnosed with advanced HIV after using shared manicure equipment at a nail salon.
Everyone knows that the HIV virus can transmit through blood, sex or used needles,but case of a Brazilian woman who discovered that she was HIV-positive after using a nail clipper which was infected with the virus.
The 22-year-old woman, who is a manicurist herself, discovered she was HIV-positive after getting tested to donate blood. According to further analysis, she contracted the virus about 11 years ago. As it turns out, the woman had been sharing nail tools with her HIV-positive cousin who also worked at the salon. The researchers don’t know if the women had blood-to-blood contact through the manicure tools.
As frightening as this sounds, the doctors who diagnosed her emphasize that contracting HIV through manicures is a “very rare event.” In other words, this isn’t a new form of transmission.
Biting, spitting, throwing body fluids, or sharing sex toys pose a “negligible” risk of infection, according to the CDC.
Meanwhile, experts stress that casual contact — like sharing eating utensils or drinking from the same glass — is not a form of transmission.
This transmission of HIV by shared manicure equipment is a very rare event that should serve not to make people fear HIV or contact with HIV-infected people,” scientists say.
However, it seems safe to say we can rest assured that for this to happen again would be VERY unlikely. But it is definitely a reminder to keep an eye out for safe, sanitary practices every time you hit up the nail salon.
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