HIV is a relatively weak virus. It is not spread by saliva, unless
there is blood in the saliva ( infection of the gums, sores, etc).
And yes, the virus dies when the medium that it is in dries. The
risks of contracting HIV via earrings is very low. What I was trying
to point out is that in theory, the possibility exists. Having
pierced ears myself, I know that sometimes the ears do get irritated,
for numerous reasons ( simple irritation, sweating, wearing cheap
post, etc). It takes blood to blood transmission. If someone who is
HIV positive, has an irritated ear piercing and someone else comes
along immediately after with a similar infection or accidentally pokes
a little too much… the possibility exists. The greatest risk is
with Hepatitis. It is a MUCH stronger virus, lives on surfaces and is
a real possibility. As I state originally, this is the greatest risk.
Unfortunately, Hepatitis can take months to incubate. Many times
people are unaware of how they were exposed.
And yes, my friend, as a person who does work in the Medical Field
every day we ARE afraid and very much aware of these risks. Nurses,
Doctors, EMTS, Dentists etc, we deal with this possibility by becoming
educated and through PREVENTION. We wear gloves, sterilize equipment
via autoclaves, we wear protecting clothing, masks etc. I counsel
those individuals who get exposed via needlesticks, tatoos, splashes,
bites and in some unimaginable ways. Most of the time, these
individuals have negative post exposure results, however, some do not.
My goal is just to educate. That alcohol swab will not kill
Hepatitis virus. I know that I would not try on earrings and I
wouldn’t want my daughter too either. Why take that risk?