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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 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 »

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 »

Question Concerning Nails

Posted by NW715, 1 Reply
Hiv symptoms include nail changes: what kind of change may occur? Read more »

Stepped on a nail

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Can yout get hiv from stepping on a nail?
I've had a tetanus shot recently.

Thanks! Read more »
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NAIL SALON FAN! i love you pls answer

Hi Dr. Bob,You are such an amazing human being! Really, your website is where i come too if i ever have any q's re transmission and i always find an answer HOWEVER, this Q was nowhere in the archives so i am trying my luck and hopefully will be...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,HIV transmission from a drying fan in a nail salon blowing in your face? Dearie, please be reasonable. Even the other kind of blow-job carries only a minimal risk at best for HIV transmission! Your risk is in reality completely nonexistent.... 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 on the cart but I became scared that they may not have been clean and were used on the customer before me. I asked him if they were clean and he said...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your HIV-acquisition risk is nonexistent. By the way, the jungle red tootsies look hot!Thanks for your support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly appreciated.Be well.Dr. Bob... Read more »

nail salon

Nancy,I work in a local nail salon where we get tremendous amounts of people coming in. What are the risks of infection here if say a client receives a cut from one of the instruments used and I don't realize it and unknowingly pass this on to...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Your answer is in your question. Sterilize the instruments between customers. You are at very low risk of tranmitting HIV, but hepatitis B can thrive in dried blood on an instrument for days. You are also at risk for passing along hepatitis C. Which... Read more »

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 »
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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Wilmington News Journal Profiles Program Providing HIV/AIDS Awareness Information at Barber Shops, Salons

The Wilmington News Journal on Wednesday profiled the "offbeat salon approach" of the Wilmington, Del.-based HIV/AIDS community outreach program Do the Right Thing 4Life. The program -- which is supported by AIDS Delaware and will celebrate... 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 »