Almost everybody knows the most common ways of transmitting the HIV virus: through blood, sex, and used needles. However, these ways are not the only ways through which this virus can be transmitted. Namely, a bizarre case occurred recently to this Brazilian woman who found out that she was HIV-positive after using a nail clipper that had been infected with the virus.
This young woman got the shocking information when she wanted to donate blood. The woman took the tests needed and found out that despite the fact that her blood parameters were in optimal range, there was still a sign of high viral load. She claimed that she did not get the infection through sex or drugs abuse, and the tests her mother took confirmed that she was HIV-negative. This was the moment when the girl remembered that one of the few things she had shared was this manicure equipment. Nearly ten years ago, the woman had shared the manicure equipment at a nail salon with a cousin of hers, who was later tested HIV-positive.
After analyzing samples from the woman and her cousin, the doctors discovered that the viral genetic material from both matched, which proves that the infection was transmitted through sharing manicure tools.
Currently, nail grooming tools are not on the list of HIV-spreading mechanisms released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to researchers, “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.”
This particular case should still be a reminder that even common equipment shared with others can transmit life-threatening viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis C.