For teens, a body piercing may be a way to rebel or imitate peers, or they may just want another way to accessorize their wardrobe. Parents and teens both should know a few facts before getting pierced. From a medical perspective, a piercing is a wound that needs to heal, with all the associated complications that can arise. Piercings that are not performed with sterilized tools can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as hepatitis or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In this video link, we speak with a licensed professional body piercer based in Seattle about what parents should know about body piercing.