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New worker

Feb 10, 2009

I just started working at a piercing studio. I was wondering if the sterilization process they use is safe?

The needles are one time use.(which is good)

BUT The tapers they use... (solid steel instruments) They say are like silver ware. They use it on someone, then re-use it but it goes through double sterilization then put in the drawers in their own individual packages. Is this safe??

I ask because I just got pierced here as well, and am employed by them. I don't want to ask them and have them think I don't trust them.

So basically the taper is re-used but not before they sterilize them twice then package them.

I will donate $150 if you please please calm, my fears!!

Thanks a bunch doctor!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi New Worker,

Piercing studios are generally extremely aware of the risks of transmitting bloodborne illnesses, such as HIV or hepatitis. A single documented case would result in the health department shutting them down! "Double sterilization," which I can only presume is appropriately performed, would be highly effective in assuring the instruments are safe. We use similar methods (autoclaving, sterilization, etc.) for surgical instruments. They too are reused after appropriate sterilization. I see absolutely no cause for concern.

Thank you for your tax-deductible donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly appreciated.

Be well. Stay well. Good luck with your new job!

Dr. Bob

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