If I were to go out to the store and buy a new pack of safety pins, AND sterilize them before piercing my belly button, would this be considered dangerous? is it better to get it professionally done? I heard of a girl at my school who contracted HIV from a needle when she got something pierced, I don't know if this is because she did it herself or for some other reason.
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Unless you have an autoclave, there's no way you can properly sterilize that safety pin, no matter how much you burn and boil the sh*t out of it. Piercing anything with a safety pin is always a bad idea, even steril. Plus, standard navel jewelry is 14 gauge. The safety pin would need to be the same size in order to thread the jewelry into the piercing, and even THEN wouldn't work, because a safety pin doesn't have a hollow point to insert the end of the jewelry into. If it's any smaller, good luck forcing that jewelry through. You'll just cause yourself a lot of pain. Safety pins are not for piercing. You need to use hollow needles for piercing, and since you didn't know any of this already, you obviously shouldn't be piercing yourself. You're 23, why can't you just go out and get it done professionally? Navel piercings are easily infected and hard enough to heal when they're done properly, so why risk doing it yourself when it will probably just reject in a few weeks?
The only reason that girl could have contracted HIV from a needle is if it was used by someone else before it was used on her. Any LEGIT piercer would not risk that, even if only for selfish reasons, like not wanting to lose thier license and be shut down. Once a needle is used, it's properly disposed of. They don't re-use them, not even with an autoclave. So logically, she must have pierced something herself, and used a needle someone else had already used, probably within hours of that use.2