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Hiv exposure

Question: 

Hi i’ve been to a nail salon in which i am not sure if they do sterilize their tools they clean my nails which led to a cut that does not bleed i am so afraid if i am expose to hiv transfussion thanks

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from getting a cut during a manicure . From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

In order for HIV transmission to occur bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream of an individual with HIV negative status through a high risk activity.

In this scenario HIV transmission is not possible. Although you may have gotten a cut during your manicure you require bodily fluid from an individual living with HIV to come into contact with your fresh cut. it is important to consider that when HIV is exposed to the environment it quickly becomes inactive (1). Therefore, if you are not directly coming into contact with an individual and their bodily fluids then likelihood of acquiring HIV rapidly decreases.

It is standard practice to sterilize equipment in professional settings, therefore if you have gone to a respectable salon sterilization is required and apart of licensing practice.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle