- HIV virus is normally transmitted through body fluids, the most common way to become infected is through unprotected sex
- This woman however, caught the virus by sharing manicure equipment with her cousin
- Doctors said this is a very rare case and does not undermine the fact that unprotected sex is still the most common way of being infected
A 22-year old woman, who doesn’t do unprotected sex and definitely not a drug addict, was surprised one day to find out that she caught the dreaded HIV virus. Her surprise turned to disbelief when she discovered that she was infected by her HIV-positive cousin when they shared manicure equipment.
The doctors said that her case is very rare since “equipment sharing” is not the usual modes by which the HIV virus is transmitted. This type of transmission is now considered as the new form of HIV transmission.
When checked for risk factors, the doctors found that she has none. The most common way to get infected by HIV is having sex without using condom. It can also be transmitted through needle sharing. Children can be infected during pregnancy, birth or through breastfeeding.
Basically, the virus is transmitted through body fluids. This would include sperm, blood, rectal fluids and vaginal fluids.
According to Dr. Michael Brady, the medical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, the case of the 22-year-old woman is very rare.
“This is a highly unusual case. It is often very difficult to be certain as to the source of an HIV infection – especially one that happened over a decade ago – and it is hard to imagine how HIV could be caught from manicure equipment,” said the doctor.
He said that in the U.K., majority of infections happen because of unprotected sex. He emphasized the fact that protected sex is still the best way to fight off HIV.
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Although this is considered a rare case, it would still be best for people to find out if the manicure equipment they use is clean and free from the dreaded HIV virus. – SD, Kami Media