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GA Teen Contracted HIV from a hair weave? Really?!?!

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Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

I am not an ID specialist but an educated person and licensed nurse. This GA teen insists she is a virgin (though I know teens that only consider vaginal intercourse as losing virginity, oral & anal sexual acts "don't count") and never used IV drugs. She's insistent she contracted HIV after the needle used to sew her weave to her hair "punctured her scalp leaving scabs".

Really? (Ok so this is from TMZ)

Georgia Teen Contracts HIV After Getting Weave At Salon |

According to the teeanager, while receiving the sew in weave, her scalp was was punchered several times with the needle, causing bleeding in the scalp which later became scab wounds. I didn't think nothing of it, it's happened before whenever I've gotten a sew in” says the teenager. Three weeks after getting the sew in weave, the teenager began to experience flu-like symptoms accompanied with aching muscles and rash. The girl entered the emergency room one night where several test were performed and questions were asked. She was released from the hospital. A week later, her mother received a call from a nurse urging them to come back to the hospital. I was in disbelief. Total shock. I kept saying how can I have AIDS when I'm a virgin. That's when the nurses asked me several questions and thats how I remember being wounded with the weave needle” recalls the teen.

The scalp was "punchered"? Does the author mean "punctured"?

Doesn't sound very likely, but it isn't impossible.

I'm thinking she just doesn't want her mother to know she has engaged in some kind of unprotected behavior. But, in theory, I guess this could happen if her skin was in fact broken with a contaminated instrument.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

The scalp was "punchered"? Does the author mean "punctured"?

Doesn't sound very likely, but it isn't impossible.

I'm thinking she just doesn't want her mother to know she has engaged in some kind of unprotected behavior. But, in theory, I guess this could happen if her skin was in fact broken with a contaminated instrument.

How HIV is a fragile virus that degrades dies at room temp? You can't get it even if the needle had dried blood. I'm going to guess reality will come forth as peers find out who the teen is and reveal encounters. You can get HIV from oral sex and most commonly anal sex!

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

If the salon reused the needles and "punctured" everyone, I guess it could happen.

jmtndl

Specializes in NICU,ICU,ER,MS,CHG.SUP,PSYCH,GERI. Has 38 years experience.

you know a virgin in Texas got pregnant from a flu shot...

I thought weave was just braided hair. I didn't know there's needles involved...

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

I thought weave was just braided hair. I didn't know there's needles involved...

The braids are sewn in to last longer. It's common unless a weave or fall for a single day or two

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

If the salon reused the needles and "punctured" everyone, I guess it could happen.

How, they'd have to puncture person A then go right to B before the contaminated blood got cool or dry. Hepatitis I would believe. Staph I could believe. But not HIV, it's just not virulent ex vivo and not that easy to contract these days.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

I thought weave was just braided hair. I didn't know there's needles involved...

Dude.

WKShadowNP, DNP, APRN

Specializes in Hospital medicine; NP precepting; staff education. Has 20 years experience.

Dude.

I love when Far just posts Dude in any thread. I can almost see you sitting there, one eyebrow raised, shaking your head in disbelief.

For good measure, maybe you can add panache by just posting the following image

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yeah.....NO. Can't buy this at all. HIV dies within minutes of leaving a host, and once the fluid it's in is dry....it's done.

ONLY way I can see this as a possibility is if the person DOING the weave on the girl was HIV+, stuck HERSELF--bled on the scalp and/or needle-- and then instantly injected that into the girl's scalp. Not likely, but certainly possible.

If the hairstylist ISN'T HIV+......that kid's got some explaining to do!

Wrench Party

Specializes in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgical. Has 3 years experience.

Sounds like someone was 'fooling around' on second or third base with a guy and has some explaining to do!

HIV from a large, relatively dull tapestry needle I've seen used on weaves and braids? YEAH, NO.

Sounds like someone was 'fooling around' on second or third base with a guy and has some explaining to do!

HIV from a large, relatively dull tapestry needle I've seen used on weaves and braids? YEAH, NO.

I feel like 2nd base means something completely different these days.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

I feel like 2nd base means something completely different these days.

I thought it meant "above the waist".

I'm guessing she had oral sex and just doesn't want to admit that to her mom.

annabanana2

Has 2 years experience.

I'm guessing she had oral sex and just doesn't want to admit that to her mom.

It's still incredibly difficult and rare to contract HIV via oral sex. One of the ID physicians I have worked with has said the risk is "theoretical." I think the most likely scenario is a) she has had vaginal sex and is lying about it (which just kind of is another reason to do away with the whole notion that virginity should be prized and that once you've "lost" it you're the equivalent of a used piece of gum or whatever stupid metaphor they're using these days), OR has had anal sex and doesn't consider that to qualify her for non-virgin status. Either way, what a bummer. Poor kid.

The braids are sewn in to last longer. It's common unless a weave or fall for a single day or two

The braids aren't sewn in. The actual extensions are sewn onto the braids (which are in a corn row style) with a curved needle and thread.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

The braids aren't sewn in. The actual extensions are sewn onto the braids (which are in a corn row style) with a curved needle and thread.

I've seen it done (accompanied a friend as its not a quick process) but you definitely explain it much better than I did