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Hepatitis And Nail Salons

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Hepatitis C from a nail salon?

Dr. Dieterich,I recently visited a nail salon. The manacurist cut into the side of my finger with his instrument. To stop it from bleeding, he applied some liquid antiseptic. The thing is, he touched the tip of the bottle directly into my open...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
In a word, yes! There is a risk from manicures and pedicures from the instruments as well. If I were to get a manicure myself, I would bring my own set of instruments and then I would not have to worry about it! Go buy your own! DTD... Read more »

nail salon

Nancy,I work in a local nail salon where we get tremendous amounts of people coming in. What are... Read more »

Please answer! Fear of exposure at nail salon

I was recently at a nail salon to get a pedicure. The nail technician used the nail tools that were... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Jersey: AIDS Outreach Distributing Information at Beauty Salons

In a bid to raise HIV awareness among Latinas and African-American women, the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services is distributing information packets to beauty salons throughout the state. Department figures show approximately 45,000... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In Zimbabwe, Hair Salons Promote Female Condom Use to Protect Against HIV

Condom maker PSI-Zimbabwe has struggled for six years to sell its female condom to Zimbabwean women, in part because doing so required interacting with women on how to use the product. The company set out to solve this problem by engaging... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Salons Promote Health Awareness

In Westchester County, Habib's Hair Salon on Main Street is one of several salons and barbershops in the region that are promoting safe sex and screening for HIV, heart disease and diabetes. Health brochures lay next to beauty magazines at Habib's,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Female Condoms Promoted Through Beauty Salon Initiative in Malawi

The United Nations Population Fund and Population Services International have introduced a program to distribute female condoms in Malawian beauty salons in an effort to encourage their use and curb the spread of HIV, VOA News reports. Pamela... Read more »
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Risk of HIV infection from nail salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

I've frequented the same nail salon from summer of 2002 until winter of 2005. It's somewhat clean, with the pedicure tubs being washed after each use, but they don't regularly sterilize the clippers or electrical buffer/filer cylinders after each... Read more »

HIV at the salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I might sound a little paranoid now, but I am pretty worried. My dad went to get a hair cut recently and the barber was using a razor and accidently cut my dad. I am afraid that the barber used the same razor on a lot other people. Is it possible... Read more »

HIV from being Tweezed at a salon?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Last week, I had my eyebrows waxed and tweezed at a salon. Im not sure if the woman used a sterile tweezer on me or if I bled, I think I might have bled because I have sensitive skin. I remember that she called me in right after another woman... Read more »

Don't know what to think...

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I've read numerous articles on the risks of being infected with HIV and other serious diseases like hepatitis from nail salons. While there has never been a confirmed case of transmission this way and it's thought of as being an extremely low -... Read more »