GUIDE TO THIS WEBSITE
With more testing, more people are finding they are HIV-positive despite not having any sex risks. That may be the beginning of the end of Africa’s HIV/AIDS disasters — as people begin to see that many HIV infections came from skin-piercing procedures during healthcare and cosmetic services.
This website is an attempt to help people understand their risks and their infections.
If a re-used instrument has trace amounts of blood, boiling will kill HIV. Otherwise, HIV can live in dry blood (for example, on a razor) for hours; and in wet blood (for example in a reused syringe) for weeks.
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.
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.
You or someone you know may be a victim of common errors in HIV/AIDS programs in Africa (unethical research, accusations of sexual misbehavior, etc). See these and other topics on the right.
Worry about skin-piercing instruments, but don’t worry about things with no risk. You won’t get HIV from bug bites. Casual contact is safe! Hugging, kissing, eating together, sharing a wash-basin or swimming pool, and other everyday activities are safe. They are safe because people with HIV have skin that keeps the virus in, and others have skin that keeps the virus out.
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