Body piercing is, like tattooing, a popular form of body modification among college students. Students may pierce their noses, ears, nipples, navels, lips, and genitals. These piercings are safe when done by knowledgeable, trained piercers using sterile equipment and well cared for by you, following the aftercare instructions your piercer will give you.
Ask friends and acquaintances for piercer recommendations
Check out a piercing studio before committing to getting pierced or spending money
Ask to see their autoclave
Meet a piercer and make sure you feel safe with them
Ask for written aftercare guidelines
Purchase aftercare products (saline solution, anti-microbial soap, etc.) in advance
Get a piercing while drunk or high
Touch your piercing with unwashed hands
Get a piercing with a piercing gun
Ignore the aftercare guidelines
Change the jewelry before the date established by the aftercare guidelines
Because piercing equipment pierces the skin and comes into contact with blood, unsafe or nonsterile piercing equipment can spread HIV and/or Hepatitis C, both of which are lifelong, chronic illnesses.