Risks to get HIV during cosmetic services — and how you can protect yourself
Click on any procedure in the list below to find specific information about risks with that procedure and how you can protect yourself using a Patron Observed Sterile Treatment (POST) strategy.
Skin-piercing procedures, accidental cuts and sores are common in cosmetic services. As far as cleaning of instruments is concerned, the situation in cosmetic services is generally much worse than in health care. Most doctors and nurses know to sterilize instruments, even if they don’t always do it. However, many people who provide cosmetic services have had no formal training about how to sterilize instruments.
In practice, those who provide cosmetic services are often accountable only to their patrons. If a barber’s customers do not know that reusing razors is dangerous, the barber is unlikely to go to the expense to use a new one for each customer. Cosmetic services are as dangerous as customers accept, or as safe as they demand.
For procedures not discussed in these subsections, you can work out for yourself and with your providers what to do. Please tell us about your experiences and suggestions by using the ‘Leave a comment’ link, above right.