Anonymous
Hello.

I got my belly button pierced by a friend on May 11, 2016. It was at her house and she has done many belly piercings before. The needle was definitely brand new, never used and was in a sealed package. However, the part that trips me up was the jewelry she put in me: it was out of the bag so it was separated from the other belly rings. I held the ring that was inserted in me and from what I can remember I saw no blood or anything on it, and it was definitely sitting out for a while in open air before I arrived for the piercing. I do not believe it was cleaned before being put into me. I asked her a day after if it has been used on anyone before and she said no and that it was merely out of the bag to take a picture.

Anyway, now I had unprotected sex with my monogamous partner multiple times from June 1, 2016 to June 7, 2016. Now, June 7, after him driving for 8 hours and having some coffee, he says he's feeling a little feverish and warm. I'm very very worried. Please aid my concerns. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer your question for you.

The piercing situation is a no risk activity, meaning it is not possible for HIV to transmit this way. To understand why, know that the virus is rendered intransmissible once it is exposed to the air. Any virus potentially on the ring would not be capable of transmitting to you. We're guessing you're concerned that you somehow contracted the virus from the piercing and have transmitted it to your partner. Considering the risk level of that situation this is not possible.

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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