Woman acquires HlV after sharing manicure equipments

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A woman was diagnosed HIV positive in a very rare case of transmission, through shared manicure kits.

A very rare case of disease transmission was reported in Brazil after a 22-year old woman shared manicure equipments with her cousin.

The woman had some tests in preparation to donate blood for the first time. When tested, the woman was found to have advanced HIV, according to the report in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.

She denied ever having sex, which was confirmed by a gynecological examination, and her boyfriend of two years tested negative. Her mother was also negative, and was confirmed to be her biological mother. The woman had also never received a blood transfusion or surgery of any kind, nor did she have any piercings or tattoos.

After discussing past events, she mentioned that she used to share manicure equipment with her cousin 10 years ago. Her cousin was unaware that she has infection at that time.

This situation caused some people to be hesitant having their nails manicured.

"HIV is not transmitted by casual contact, such as sharing eating utensils, or drinking from the same water glass. 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,” study authors said in a press release.

It was suggested that manicure equipments should be cleaned and sterilized properly. However some don't see the need for it. “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,” said Dr. Brian Foley, of the HIV Sequence Database at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in a statement.


The bottomline is, you shouldn't be afraid of your manicurist. But if you want to make sure, ask them to sterilize their equipments first.

Source: Fox News

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