Can you get HIV, or other infections from getting a manicure or pedicure?
Anytime you are using (or someone else is using) an instrument that's shared, and has the ability to break the skin, there is a possibilty of getting an infection.
You have nothing to worry about if the tools are cleaned according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) strict guidelines.
- Instruments must be cleaned after each use on a client, and then submerged fully in disinfectant that is proven effective against HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
- Work stations and pedicure tubs should be sprayed with disinfectant between clients.
- If you or the technician gets cut (my worst nightmare), the tool being used needs to be disinfected immediately or thrown away, and the cut needs to be cleaned with soap and water.
Fit's Tips: If you already have a salon you love, just double check to make sure they follow these guidelines. And before trying a new nail place out, inquire about their safety standards too.