Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fish Pedicure can spread HIV & Hepatitis??

I read a rather disturbing article just a few minutes ago that claimed that Fish Pedicures can spread HIV & Hepatitis.

Though the risk is low for people with healthy immune systems, apparently those whose health is not upto mark may face greater risk.

I don't know if this is true, for all you know it may turn out to be some bogus news but I would suggest you keep hygiene in mind if you are opting for this until we figure out the real dope on this.

Read the original article here

9 comments:

  1. fish pedicure is banned in US and I really think its unhygenic but I doubt that it actually spreads HIV coz HIV virus needs to get into the blood stream but no idea about hepatitis.

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  2. HIV spreads when infected blood enters your blood stream. It's not impossible, but extremely unlikely-- the HIV carrier will need to have an open wound and so will the person who gets "infected". Hep B and C spread the same way. RE-using water is obviously not very hygienic though.

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  3. @Speaking Chic: I think the reason why they say HIV is because the fish actually creates micro wounds when they "graze" on the dead skin on your feet - that wound is big enough to allow all kinds of bacteria, fungi & virus to enter, but not big enough for you to feel the pain of a wound.. Though I am not sure if HIV Virus will survive in water that long to infect anyone, Hepatitis might as will tons of nasties to give skin infection.

    PS: HIV spreads through all infected body fluids - saliva, semen etc not just blood. I remember that much from my MSc :P :D

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  4. i have always thought of it as unhygenic..so kept awy.also being a doc makes me paranoid aout these things !!

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  5. This is one thing that I always wanted to try..whenever I pass by Kenko...but now I need to re think. Thanks for the info Tanvi..

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  6. ya me too always wanted to try it but now i wont..ty for this post tanveer

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  7. Gosh! It sounds so scary T! I don't know if it's true but I don't think I'll be getting one again >.<

    ♥xx♥

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  8. Gosh! It sounds so scary T! I don't know if it's true but I don't think I'll be getting one again >.<

    ♥xx♥

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