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Getting HIV From Piercing

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AIDS Survival Project

Getting Pierced or Tatooed Safely

The photo that runs with this column is almost three years old. I always thought that picture had a gee-whizzy, high school yearbook quality, which makes me look angelic or saintly. I'm neither. I'm actually kinda eclectic and kinky. Now I ask you,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: 3,000 Warned of HIV Risk at Tattoo Shop

Customers who received tattoos or body piercings at Moonshin Tattoo, located on Dundas Street West in Mississauga, between March 2005 and February 2009 have been advised to seek testing for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Peel Public Health... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Community Resource Update: Spotlight on Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Tacoma, Wa.

The Pierce County AIDS Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to respond to the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Pierce County. A Board of Directors oversees the work of Foundation staff and volunteers. The mission of... Read more »
Ask the Experts

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 married next April for which I have a stunning dress blah blah blah and I'd love to get my ears pierced.I'm in the UK but I'm...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,There is no need to disclose your HIV status when getting your ears pierced. Universal precautions have been in place for many years to prevent transmission (in either direction) of blood-borne diseases (HIV, hepatitis, etc.). Remember, many... Read more »

Body piercings and the risk for HIV

Is there an increased risk of HIV transmission during the period of time it takes for body piercingss (particularly genital and tongue piercings) to heal? Since a piercing is, in effect, an open wound I'm assuming that there is an increased...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. If you have a body piercing (genital, tongue, nipple, etc.), during the time that healing takes place, the risk of infection for HIV, certain other STDs, and various bacterial infections, is increased until the... Read more »

HIV and body piercings

I scrolled through the previous questions and have not found one similar and am really hoping you'd take a couple minutes to help me out! 5 years ago I got my belly-button pierced. I took a friend with me to watch to make sure everything was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Dubya and his cronies are cutting off funds to states that have anonymous testing sites. That's why such sites are getting harder to locate. Cases like yours are prime examples of how this policy is going to discourage people from getting... Read more »

HIV/HCV infection from punch/piercing

Hi, I'm really worried. I don't know if it's my OCD and I'm paranoid or if I really have something to be worried about. Almost 3 months ago I was at a gay discov(I'm gay)and I got into a fight with a cab driver outside, long...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
After a fist fight, the only risk would be if your both bled and there was blood exposure on both sides. An exposure to HCV through this route would be rare. Only two case reports have been reported in literature (one was by us).... Read more »
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Body piercing!?!?

Posted by dotman32, 5 Replies
Maybe a stupid question. Wondering if people have thoughts about how wise it is to get a new piercing. I have 2 already .. interested in a 3rd .. but concerned about the risk of infection & activating the immune system. I suppose common... Read more »

Tattoo and body piercing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello my friends. I have a question. Can you get hiv from body piercing or tattoo? I had unprotected sex with someone who had tattoos on his hands. What is the % of infected people who got the disease from tattoos? Read more »

piercing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
is it possible to get aids from a piercing gun? they push the earing through your ear, not a needle.

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piercing please reply

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
my friend peirced her on ear herself she didnt tell me what instrument with, im doubting it was an IV drug syringe.

she said she cleaned it with boiling water and a match even and she said it hadnt been used before her and she didnt share them. if... Read more »