Can You Become Infected With HIV Through A Manicure?

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Aisha answered
The case that you have mentioned is quite dangerous. If the salon uses razors/blades for manicure and they are infected by HIV, there is a possibility. Because the virus can be transferred when you are bleeding and have a cut. Get your test done as soon as possible and be safe.
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Anna Suchy
Anna Suchy commented
I'm not agree. This case is dangerous only if they don't disinfect the tools after every person (they usually do), there was about 2 or 3 drops of fresh (wet) blood on the tool and the blood comes from infected person who got broken skin exactly before you. That situation isn't so very probable. This virus dies quickly on the air, dry blood isn't dangerous. It dies also in 60 degrees water, soap etc. I haven't heard about that kind of cases. It's more possible to get Hepatit B and C than HIV, those viruses can live a few days and are difficult to kill. And more people carry hepatit than Hiv. Get tested always if you have any doubts 3 months after it happened.
Anna Suchy
Anna Suchy commented
This case is dangerous only if there was about 2 or 3 drops of fresh (wet) blood getting directly in your broken skin. This blood has to come from infected person before you. Salons are used to disinfect the tools. This situation isn't so possible. I haven't heard about that kind of cases. This virus dies quickly on the air, dry blood isn't dangerous. It's more chance to get hepatit C and B, and that really happens in this kind of situations. Those viruses are much easier to transfer, they are more difficult to kill and more people has Hepatit than Hiv. If you have any doubts of course get test for Hiv (after 3 months), but I reccomend also tests for hepatit B and C (after 6 months).
Render Blender
Render Blender commented
If you're concerned enough about HIV that you get yourself tested, you need your first HIV test immediately, not after three months. This first test serves as a baseline. Get a second test for HIV after three months. Tthis is because if your second test (after three months) comes back positive, how do you know that you weren't positive immediately after the incident because you had aquired HIV somewhere else?
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Anna Suchy answered
I'm not agree at all. I don't think it's so dangerous, there is only a little possibility. Every salon should clean the tools after every person, and situation above is unlikely. There has to be about 2 or 3 drops of fresh (wet) blood directly in your broken skin. Virus dies very quickly on the air. I haven't heard about that kind of cases. Get tested always if you have any doubts 3 months after the happening.
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ela wts answered
Everyone is so quick to answer NO and say the salon "should" clean instruments after each client. Should is not doing it! I see these nail shops working faster than a mechanical assembly line and not following safety & sanitation rules.  HIV can live outside the body for two hours, a nail tech can do four people in that amount of time. Get yourself tested and start doing your own manicures & pedicures.  At the end of the year go take a vacation with the money you saved.

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