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Safe Cleansing of Earrings
Apr 3, 2011

Hi, I recently purchased a secondhand pair of pierced earrings. I have not worn them yet and, to be on the safe side, I have boiled them in water and cleaned them with antiseptic. Is this sufficient to ensure minimum risk of HIV or Hep C and does such a risk exist when wearing secondhand earrings. Many Thanks J

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would not consider this a risk. Earrings pass through well-healed (epithelialized) holes in the skin that do not pose a risk.

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