When doing research for this, I came across a number of mentions of jewelry sharing as a method of transmission for Hep C. It’s highly infectious, and many people don’t know they have it until they start having symptoms, and when you read about that, you read things like, “If symptoms occur”.
IF. Yeah, like I said above, you can be infected and never have symptoms. You can spread this virus to other people without ever showing symptoms yourself. If you’re sharing jewelry with someone, how well healed is their piercing? Is it irritated? Crusty? Potentially brimming with Hepatitis?
I mean, I get it. It’s jewelry. I’ve got great jewelry. You’ve got great jewelry. Let’s swap jewelry! But really don’t do that. It needs to be sterile. Like medically sterile. I asked professional piercer, APP member and infectious disease class instructor Rick Frueh how you and your friends can share jewelry safely.
Rick: “I am going to suggest they don't share jewelry.”