A 22-year-old Brazilian woman may have been infected with HIV after sharing manicure instruments with a cousin about a decade ago.
According to the New York Daily, the woman discovered she was positive after getting tested to donate blood where she was diagnosed with advanced HIV.
Upon receiving the news, she said she didn’t have any of the normal risk factors associated with contracting the virus, such as having sex without a condom or sharing infected needles.
When medical professionals probed further, they discovered that she had shared “manicure instruments years before with a cousin who was later found to be HIV-positive.”
Blood analysis also suggested that the woman had first got the virus around 10 years ago.
The viruses of the two relatives most likely came from a common ancestor, suggesting the manicure instruments may have transmitted the disease, analyses of their viruses found.
Experts say that the incident should not make you fearful of contact with people who have HIV because the risk of infection is very low.
They, however, recommend double-checking with the nail technician at your next manicure or pedicure appointment if they have thoroughly cleaned/sterilized all equipment prior to using it on you.