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At risk for disease from earring?

Hello Doctor,

A few months ago, I bought a pair of earrings from the store and wore them without cleaning them.  I never really clean earrings before I wear them, so I did not think to clean these ones.  However, I have been worried for some reason that it was a mistake that I didn't clean them.  Am I at risk for any diseases such as HIV?  My ears did become irritated after wearing the earrings and bled a little.  But I think it was just the type of earring that caused the irritation.  I also have been ill the past month with a cough, sore throat, and sinus infection.  Am I at risk?

Please help.  I'm extremely paranoid :(
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Not an HIV concern.
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Okay, thank you.  The only reason I am concerned is because I am never sick, and I know it's the time of year to get sick like this, but I am trying to find a reason behind it.  But if you say there is no risk, then I will try not to worry.  Thank you.
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Hi thinkclean...

I most definitely would NOT worry about this. Sounds like you had a reaction to the earrings, I am assuming they weren't real silver or gold and you probably were irritated by them. I would not worry AT ALL about the possibility of getting HIV. HIV is transmitted by bodily fluids...semen, blood, etc. Also, the HIV virus cannot live on objects, such as earrings. I would definitely not worry about this and drive yourself crazy:) I know it's easier said than done.
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Thank you so much for your reply.  This helps a lot.  Not sure why I am so concerned!!!!  I have never worried about it before.
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