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Can you get HIV from a nail salon?

Charlotte’s concern: I went with my daughter and had a my first and probably only pedicure. After I had my pedicure I read a article that said you could get HIV from a pedicure. I’m worried. How true is this?

The Left Brain’s calming response:

While transmission is theoretically possible it is highly unlikely. According to this doctor, there have been no reported cases of HIV, Hepatitus B or C transmission from nail salons. Still, if you’re worried, I think you get tested by your doctor (the Oraquick Advance HIV 1/2 Rapid Test will give you a result in 20 minutes at your doctor’s office. You can take a Hepatitis screening as well.)

The real issue here is the cleanliness of your salon. While HIV transmission is not a serious concern, dirty implements and improperly sanitized foot baths can cause a variety of other infections. See our previous post about the danger of infection from pedicures for more details.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

There’s very little chance you’ve contracted HIV from your pedicure. But if you’re really concerned about taking your daughter to a nail salon, you might consider a Do It Yourself approach. See the links below for some of the basic tools you’ll need.

What do YOU think? Are nail salons safe or do you avoid them because of fear of infection? Leave a comment for the rest of the Beauty Brains community.

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