Protect yourself from HIV during healthcare and cosmetic services
How can you protect yourself from HIV when you get an injection, tattoo, manicure or other skin-piercing procedure? Use the menu on the right to find information about specific procedures.
What is your risk to get HIV from an unsterilized needle, razor, or other skin-piercing instrument if the previous client was HIV-positive? Click here to find best estimates with explanations and references.
You or someone you know may be a victim of common errors in HIV/AIDS programs in Africa (unethical research, misinformation about circumcision, abusive charge of sexual misbehavior — see these and other topics on the right).
Governments in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North Africa — but not in sub-Saharan Africa — investigated more than a dozen outbreaks of HIV through unsafe healthcare. For a country-by-country account of investigated outbreaks — and unexplained cases governments have ignored — click on: Outbreaks and unexplained cases in the menu on the right.
Casual contact 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.