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Ear Piercing Scared I Have HIV

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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
...Hi,If indeed they used a "prepacked sterile cassette," the HIV-transmission risk is nonexistent. I see no cause for concern and certainly no need to subject your daughter to infectious diseases 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 »
AIDS Survival Project

Getting Pierced or Tatooed Safely

...ink). Used jewelry (you don't know where it's been or if it's been sterilized). Piercing guns (these should ONLY be used for ear piercing and never, ever on any other part of the body). Dirty environment (if shop surfaces are not disinfected,... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

Scared Straight: High HIV Rates Among Black NYC Women Frighten a Health Reporter

...youthful faces in lights. But under their pictures was a statistic that sucker-punched me: 93.4 percent. As in, 93.4 of all new HIV cases among women in NYC occur among Black and Latina women. As in a mere six-plus percentage points away from... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...if you don't know much about HIV. But that is why it is important to educate yourself: so you don't have to be unnecessarily frightened anymore. That education includes getting an HIV test . It doesn't hurt to be sure you're negative -- in... Read more »
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Scared

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I have posted this already, but cannot find my previous post, so here goes. I am 15 years old, and when I was 12, I got my ear pierced in the British Virgin Islands, it was me and 2 friends. We were very very stupid. I know these kids were not... 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 »

HIV fear induced coma!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...the high counts reveal a Viral infection so now I fear I am late converting and the count is high as my body fights back. I am scared to death to test again. I feel I have it now forsure and have panic attacks. I don't know what I am looking for... Read more »