During a massage, the massage therapist will be intimately connected with the client he is massaging and this exposes him to many risks. One of these risks is working with an HIV infected client knowing too well that the disease can be easily transmitted from the client to him if there are open sores on the part of the body that is being massaged.
It will be impossible to know which of your clients is infected with HIV since no one will come to you and outrightly say that he is HIV positive. However, one would be able to tell if something is wrong with a client if you notice that he keeps getting ill every so often.
The following are the precautions that should be taken to prevent the spread of HIV virus among clients who come for massage therapy and to also keep you safe from getting the infection:
- Do not massage the part of the body that have open wounds or where there is bleeding. You should ensure that the wound is covered during the massage so that nobody fluid will be able to ooze from the wound.
- Ensure that you will not carry out a massage if you have an open wound as the HIV germs can easily get into your body through the open wound. If you must carry on with the massage, ensure that the wound is covered and you also have latex examination gloves on during the massage.
- Ensure that the linings that any client uses during the massage have been changed before having another client on the massage table. The linings should be disinfected so that every foreign body will be gotten rid of before they can be used on another client.
- If you are suffering from a health complication, do not carry on with the massage as the immune system is not strong enough to fight off any infection that may come your way. You can either choose another massage therapist to help you out with the massage or reschedule the massage if the client only wants to work with you.
There are clients who will let you know of their HIV status before the massage. This should not be a reason to deny them the massage as they also deserve to have their needs attended to at your spa. If you turn down such a client, it may ruin your reputation as anyone who hears of your stigmatization will speak ill of your spa.
Unless there are severe sores on the client’s body that would make it difficult to work on her, the massage therapy should go on. You will only need to have the right protective gears like gloves so that you do not accidentally transfer body fluids from the client to your body.
There should be a high standard of hygiene when dealing with an HIV infected client as their immune system is very low. This will prevent them from contracting other infections as this will only make their health condition worse.
You should also ensure that every other massage therapist in your spa is aware of the right way to handle an HIV infected client so that you do not put your reputation on the line.