Q. Is there a chance of HIV transmission through contaminated waxes used in parlor?

Answered by Dr. Kiran Anaparthi and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A


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Hello doctor,

I went to a parlor for upper lip and chin waxing. I am scared if the wax was contaminated by a person before me and if he or she bled and had an infection like HIV. The person double dipped, and I do not know that on how many people the wax was used? And what issues they might have had?

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Dr. Kiran Anaparthi
Family Physician, HIV/AIDS Specialist


Welcome to icliniq.com.

You are right. You have every reason to think and fear about the procedure. But the fact is, HIV cannot survive in the outside environment and cannot transmitted in this way. But what you have to fear for is HBV (hepatitis B virus) because HBV can live and infect for one month in the outside world. HIV can only survive for two minutes maximum, and after eight seconds, it loses their infective capacity. So, regarding HIV infection, you are safe.

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