Welcome to the dontgetstuck.org website and blog!
This website warns about risks to get HIV from skin-piercing procedures – such as injections, tattooing, and manicures – and tells how you can protect yourself when you go for such procedures (see the menu on the right side of this page).
What is your risk to get HIV from an injection or tattoo with uncleaned instruments if the previous client was HIV-positive? Click here to find best estimates with explanations and references.
In addition, this site discusses common errors in HIV/AIDS programs in Africa – unethical research, confusions about circumcision, depo-provera (birth control) risks, and prevention lies and abuse. See these topics in the menu on the right.
Are the risks discussed here just fantasy and theory? No. Governments in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North Africa have reported and investigated more than a dozen outbreaks of HIV through unsafe healthcare. Unexplained cases point to hundreds of outbreaks that no one has investigated. For a country-by-country account of investigated outbreaks and unexplained cases, click on: Outbreaks and unexplained cases in the menu on the right.
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.