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Should I Get Tested After Piercing

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Can I get disease from a navel piercing that was not done professionally?

one month ago i let my friend pierced my belly button. she clean all the tools before piercing me. i know it was stupid of me but i am a teenager and i make mistake. i wanna know if i should be worry about any disease. my piercing is not infected. i...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...My main concern is whether you saw a clean needle was taken out of a package for the piercing. If not, you should go to your primary care doctor and tell him/her about this incident. Read more »

Angry, bloody nipple piercing risk

Hi. I've checked out other posts about piercings, but none of them seem to be from the perspective... Read more »

Confusing data/ $75 question

I will donate $75 proudly to your great foundation! I just need words of advice. On the internet... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Panel Advises Tattooed and Pierced Not Give Blood

...received acupuncture can safely give blood. The advisors to the FDA said they were concerned that loose regulation of tattoo and piercing establishments meant that non-sterile procedures might be used, increasing the potential for transmission of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: 2,000 Told of Disease Risk From Tattoos, Piercings

... The Durham Region Health Department said Thursday it closed an Oshawa tattoo and body piercing shop, Longhorn Custom Bodyart, due to the risks to patrons of viral hepatitis and HIV transmission. Health inspectors discovered Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV in Prisons and Jails

...they enter prison. HIV risk behaviors often continue inside the institution. These include injecting drug use, tattooing, body piercing, and consensual and nonconsensual sexual activities. The lack of sterile drug paraphernalia leads to needle... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Warning Over the Dangers of Body Piercing

... Over the warmer months in Australia, doctors anticipate the usual seasonal spike in piercing-related infections, and now they are offering advice on how to avoid them. Less-than-sterile conditions can lead to the spread Read more »
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I'm extremely worried!

Posted by 1234lan, 1 Reply
...Hi! I have no idea if my risk is high or low so can some one help me? I was at a rave about two months ago and I had my tongue pierced for about 6 weeks at the time. At one point I was playing with my tongue ring and it fell out and broke. I was... Read more »

pierced

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...inside of the needle stay in the needle from force? i can remember the dentist who infected his patients years ago...help i got pierced a week ago in the navel. have since taken it out. i have no real reason to believe the piercer would do... Read more »

Question???

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...make sure....is there a high possibililty or could it just have been another infection....at the same time of the blood test i pierced my tounge about 2 months before and i was on the weight loss pills called Xenadrine could someone please let... Read more »

Please!

Posted by T_BOOGIE, 2 Replies
...days after i was seeing this guy. I know that my risk of exposure is real low, but i am still scared. I have a right nipple piercing, that i got a little over a year ago, now that type of piercing takes forever to heal. Anyways he was sucking on... Read more »