When we think about going to the beauty salon to leave our perfect hands and feet we could never imagine that that decision could change our life so much.
A 22-year-old woman from Brazil said that after going to get her manicure, the virus HIV . Following an investigation, it was concluded that this is possible if certain cleaning and disinfecting practices of the tools used are not carried out.
The case of the woman who was infected with HIV by sharing a nail clipper
The young woman, upon learning that she had HIV, asked the doctors to investigate the causes, because she had never had sex, had not received any transfusion of blood No operation, no tattoos or piercing, no drugs or syringe injections, no contact with bloody persons. The doctors were more than disoriented and did not understand how this girl got infected.
After investigating the patient's life, they discovered that she had shared manicure tools with her cousin for ten years. This family member had been diagnosed with HIV a few years later. Subsequent studies confirmed that both women were infected with similar strains of the virus, so the doctors concluded that It is possible to spread this disease by using certain shared elements.
How can you spread HIV in the beauty salon?
This news is not to stop going to get the manicure or pedicure, but yes To pay attention to the canons of cleaning and disinfection in the salons of beauty that we attend. The laws indicate that these instruments used to cut, file and beautify the nails should be disinfected for 30 minutes with boiling water and soap, then disinfected for another 30 minutes, rinsed with plenty of water and dried with a clean cloth before being stored in a closed container Until they are used for the next customer.
The problem is that we can not always know what happens to this material before it's our turn. Although there are inspectors who are responsible for this, they are not 24 hours (or during the time the room is open) to confirm that all cleaning and disinfection steps are carried out.
At least they should be cleaned with a basic disinfectant, a blue liquid that is effective after some time of action. But the problem with it is that not all manicures or pedicures change this fluid often, they do not leave the materials for at least 10 minutes and do not wipe their hands with it.
If you've gone to any session for beauty of hands And feet, you will surely know that it does not take too much to hurt the skin around the nails, especially in the cuticles, which should not be removed as they are a barrier to prevent viruses and bacteria from entering. On the other hand, when we have ingrown toenails, they are more likely to bleed, thus increasing the possibility of contagion of different diseases, including HIV.
AND Use of nail file may also be harmful to health And disease transmitter. If the file damages the film that joins the nail with the finger, it may not bleed, but it will damage the protective barriers, which will facilitate the entry of infectious agents, especially if they are used after instruments that are not clean.
On the other hand, the manicure uses small scissors to remove the cuticles and the remains of skin On the sides of the nails. Blood will always come out even if it is not visible, which remains in the tool. If it is not washed or disinfected, it will be passed on to the next customer.
Risk of transmission of diseases in different areas
Not only can it cause HIV, but also other diseases such as hepatitis C. Any sharpness that is used in a place and is not disinfected correctly carries a risk. According to a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago, women Are more likely to get HIV than men due to the sharing of hair clippers, shaving machines, scissors, nail files, nail clippers, etc.
Both sexes are at risk because of having tattoos or piercings in places not completely inspected, as well as acupuncture. In any place where there is blood or body fluids the cleaning must be even greater.
However, studies say the risk is almost insignificant and it is very difficult for us to get HIV from going to the beauty salon. It does not mean that it does not happen, but that it is more an exception than a rule. Even so, it is necessary to take certain precautions when we go to the beauty salon, for example.
First, Observe how they clean or disinfect used instruments. We can ask to be shown the site reserved for it. They should not be denied if they have everything in order. Otherwise, it will be to suspect. Although they want to"cover"the scent of the disinfectant with essences, incense burners or candles, you will notice when removing the elements of the container if they smell or not to clean.
You can also observe if the person who takes care of you wears latex gloves, from which site he takes the razors to remove corns and what he does with the tools after using them. If you are not sure of the procedures to disinfect in the beauty salon you can choose to go somewhere else, or else, Bring your own manicure kit, which you will only use.