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Ear Piercing And HIV Testing

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Ear piercing

Can you get HIV or hepatitis from a piercing gun? I just pierced my baby's ears at the mall and then I read a lot of info on the net about how dangerous it is. they used a prepackaged sterile cassette, and they said the gun(which is not disposable)...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-transmission risk is nonexistent. I see no cause for concern and certainly no need to subject your daughter to infectious diseases testing! After all, the poor little thing just had her earlobes shot full of holes, right? Relax Mom, your baby... Read more »

HIV Positive and wanting to get ears pierced

Hi there - not sure which area I should ask this but maybe you can help....I'm HIV+ and am getting... Read more »

Ear piercing Question

How safe is ear piercing nowdays? I was just asking because I had my daughter's ears pierced in a... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV and Its Transmission

...worker to a client or vice versa. Instruments that are intended to penetrate the skin (such as tattooing and acupuncture needles, ear piercing devices) should be used once and disposed of or thoroughly cleaned and sterilized. Instruments not... Read more »
American Psychiatric Association

Coping With HIV and AIDS

...instruments can cause infection; this includes needles used by IV drug abusers, unsterilized medical and dental equipment, as well as ear piercing, tattooing, and manicure equipment. Take precautions. Always ask if equipment used in medical,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevention and Control of Infections With Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings

...between newly acquired HCV infection and military service, medical, surgical, or dental procedures, tattooing, acupuncture, ear piercing, or foreign travel 43 , 44 . If transmissions from such exposures do occur, the frequency has been too... Read more »
Women Alive

Hepatitis: What Is It?

...splashed in the eye or sharing of un-sterilized needles. Other modes include exposure to instruments while receiving tattoos, ear piercing or acupuncture as well as sharing razors or toothbrushes. It is believed that insects may also serve as... Read more »
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I'm extremely worried!

Posted by 1234lan, 1 Reply
...totally freaked out the next day because I don't know who this girl is or if she has hiv. About two weeks later I went and got tested and it came out negative but the doctor said most times it doesn't show up for 3 months so I need to get tested... Read more »

navy testing

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...does the navy test annually for HIv Read more »

Holy man check this out

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...during some of these practices. One case of HIV transmission from acupuncture has been documented. Body piercing (other than ear piercing) is relatively new in the United States, and the medical complications for body piercing appear to be... Read more »

how at risk am I?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I am 15 years old, no sexual relations at all. When I was 13 I was in the British Virgin Islands, and got my ear pierced. I was nieve and just got the gun shot on my ear. He put this gel stuff on the needle and shot it in my ear, but did not... Read more »