Claim: Eyebrow waxers are at risk of contracting herpes from unsanitary equipment.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
I had to take it upon myself to inform all of my girlfriends about Jonsey and today’s Funk. Well for my south and central jersey folks who can’t get
This woman called in and said that one day her
Well Ladies if you ever take the time to notice these people never use a new stick. The same stick stays in that wax and if someone has herpes those bacteria is now on the stick and now the bacteria festers and grows in the hot wax.
So Ladies, this would be a great time to invest in your own tweezers and sharpen your skills. Or find a place that provides threading technique.
Origins: This breathless warning about danger inherent to eyebrow waxing began showing up in our inbox in the early part of November 2005. According to the text, a caller to the
show on New York radio station
As to whether it is possible to pick up the virus in the described fashion, we called the National Herpes Hotline (919-361-8488) to ask just that. No, we were told, it’s not. Herpes is a “very fragile virus” and so could not survive on the implement used to apply the wax, nor in the warm wax itself. The counselor we spoke to added there have been “no documented cases of it being passed like
Herpes is unfortunately ubiquitous. An estimated
The rumor about herpes being spread at waxing salons that take a cavalier attitude towards hygiene echoes a theme found in other urban legends, that of dread disease contracted by random innocent parties engaging in what should be safe activities
Such rumors are society’s way of expressing our disquiet about having to
Barbara “blue cholera” Mikkelson
|Genital Herpes – CDC Fact Sheet (Centers for Disease Control)|
|Herpes Resource Center (American Social Health Association)|
Last updated: 14 November 2005