STUDY: HIV Diagnosis Traced To Shared Manicure Tools

woman getting manicure

Dealing with a bad rush job or a manicurist that constantly tries to upsell you the brow wax you don’t need are the typical annoyances that can happen during a mani or pedi, but for one Brazilian woman, her manicure came back to haunt her 10 years later with an unbelievable diagnosis: HIV.

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The authors of a study recently published in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses shared the story of the 22-year-old Brazilian woman who had advanced HIV infection, but no apparent symptoms or risk factors such as unprotected sex or drug use for acquiring the disease.