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Question: 

Hello,I’ve pierced my ears many years ago but yesterday found that I couldn’t wear earings because I hadn’t used earings for long time and my ears holes were closed and had tiny layer of skin on their.so i used my earings to open the holes and it caused bleeding and inflammation. I’m not sure that those earings and my hands were clean or not,but I’m sure nobody use my earings at least for 2 days.so am i at any risk?thank you so much

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether or not you are at a risk of acquiring HIV from piercing your earlobes with your used earrings. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario) given that the earrings were not worn by anyone else and were used only by you therefore there is No risk.

The above mentioned scenario does not satisfy the transmission equation because In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met: There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met.For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)