How to protect yourself from HIV during health & cosmetic procedures
Welcome to the Don’t Get Stuck With HIV website and blog!
This website warns about risks to get HIV from skin-piercing procedures – such as injections, dental care or tattooing – and tells how people can protect themselves from those risks. Just what are the estimated risks to get HIV from reused skin-piercing instruments?
In addition, this site discusses common errors in HIV/AIDS programs in Africa – errors all too often promoted by foreign experts and agencies – that misdirect and undermine HIV prevention in Africa. For example, sexual transmission risks for HIV can be high, but they are often a lot lower than non-sexual risks.
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Casual contact is safe! At the outset, we want to emphasize that casual contact with people infected with HIV is safe. Hugging, kissing, sharing food and utensils, sharing a wash-basin or swimming pool, and other everyday activities at home, school, and work are safe. They are safe because people infected with HIV have skin that keeps the virus in, and others have skin that keeps the virus out. Even touching HIV-infected blood is not so dangerous, as long as it doesn’t get inside your skin, through a cut or scratch.
Revise, print, and use? This website builds on information from Don’t Get Stuck with HIV, which is available in PDF and Word versions in the download section — so you can print it, copy it, revise it for training materials, or do whatever you like with it.