Anonymous
hi.
i had manicure and i was so worried about hiv until i asked a question from u and u said no risk and i was starting to feel better but today i read a report from a 22 year old woman in brazil who got hiv from her cousin and the only risk was sharing cuticle nipper with her hiv positive cousin.i am so worried again what should i do??i cant sleep and stop thinking i cant do the test even i have so much stress.the site i read this case seem kind of trustable.have u heard any thing about this case??
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of information about HIV/AIDS issues.

I am happy to reassure you that getting a manicure does not put you at risk of HIV infection. For a risk for HIV infection to exist, specific HIV positive bodily fluids (e.g. semen, anal/vaginal fluids, blood) must directly access the bloodstream of an HIV negative individual (e.g. unprotected sex, sharing needles). HIV is a weak virus outside the body; it dies upon exposure to oxygen and is inhibited by the enzymes in human saliva. This makes it impossible for the virus to live on the surface of objects, such as manicure tools.

I trust I have answered your question sufficiently. Feel free to write back to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline, or visit http://www.aidsvancouver.org for more information.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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