Anonymous
Hi I went to a spa a few days ago and got a manicure and calluses shaved. Only after did I realize that they probably do not clean their equipment (this was in Vietnam). Though I did see them change the blade that was used to shave my calluses, but I do not believe that they cleaned the nail clippers, cuticle clippers, files or stones. After the pedicure I inspected my feet and don't believe that I got any cuts that drew blood. Is there a risk though that I could have gotten HIV?
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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,

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

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the HIV Transmission Equation (see down below).

Even if there had been fluid containing any active HIV particles on the tools, exposure of the virus to oxygen quickly deactivates it. The CDC has shown that "HIV does not survive long outside the body (such on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside of the human host" (1). When HIV is exposed to oxygen, it undergoes a rapid decrease in concentration (90-99% within a couple of hours), so the risk of environmental transmission of HIV is essentially zero (1). Therefore, in the event that the tools used did come in contact with bodily fluid from an HIV positive individual, the exposure to oxygen, coupled with the fact that you were not cut and there was no direct access to your bloodstream, means there is No Risk of transmission from this activity.

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sonali 

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1. HIV in the environment  

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