Sup Travellers?! HIV Aids is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, killing 36 million+ people worldwide but the disease in itself is easily avoidable. With the right precautions you can live your entire life HIV-free. But after what happened to a particular 22-year-old woman I think those precautions should be reassessed.
According to reports from Daily Mail, an unnamed 22-year-old woman was diagnosed with HIV after having her nails done using shared manicure equipment. Even though transmission in this way is very rare it is still possible and it's a frightening fact.
When diagnosed, the woman was found to have advanced HIV but failed to meet any of the standard conditions for transmission — she’d never had sex, a blood transfusion or surgery, or gotten a piercing or tattoo.
After confirming her claims, her doctors dug deeper, and found that the woman shared manicure instruments years before with a cousin who was later found to be HIV-positive. Blood analysis suggested the woman contracted the virus around ten years ago.
Although most of us aren’t sharing cuticle scissors with an HIV-infected friend, the majority of women — and a number of men — have probably gotten a manicure at a nail salon, where instruments are regularly reused.
Dr Brian Foley, of the HIV Sequence Database at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said the case should not make people scared of contact with people with the virus, as the risk of infection is very low.
He said: "HIV is not transmitted by casual contact, such as sharing eating utensils, or drinking from the same water glass. This transmission of HIV by shared manicure equipment is a very rare event that should serve not to make people fear HIV or contact with HIV-infected people. However, the case could promote caution around sharing items which may contain blood, he added.
He said: "It should make people aware that sharing any utensils with possible blood-blood contact, such as needles used for drugs, tattoos, or acupuncture can result in transmission of viruses such as hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV. In addition, there are other common viruses and bacteria that can also be spread by sharing equipment without proper disinfection between users."
It's a fact that most people who aren't at risk of contracting HIV don't get tested so there may be a lot of people out there with HIV who aren't even aware of it. I mean --- the 22-year-old woman in this post contracted the disease 10 years ago and only just got tested.
This story should be an encouragement to you to get tested because you never really know.....Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.