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What Are The Odds Of Getting HIV From Ear Piercing

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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 »

Ear piercing Question

How safe is ear piercing nowdays? I was just asking because I had my daughter's ears pierced... Read more »

Ear piercing by piercing gun

We just pierced my daughter ears with the piercing gun in the mall and I start doing my research on... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

What are the odds that I will contract HIV from skin rashes/irritation?

Posted by Wesher11, 1 Reply
I had red rashes/skin irritation on my inner thighs and scrotum, and I had sex with this woman with condom, but I worried that her vaginal fluids got on my rashes on my inner thighs and scrotum, if she is HIV+ and the fluids get on my rashes, will I... Read more »