NEW YORK — Injections containing silicone and often dubious ingredients are proving a health risk beyond the trans world as gay men are sometimes using them to bulk up, a trend called pumping according to Rolling Stone.
Trans women have often used silicone injections to get a more feminine, curvy body. Often the women don’t know what’s in the injections they’re getting. In the case of one Florida woman, tire sealant and cement were injected into her face, Rolling Stone reports.
Silicone freely injected into the body travels through the bloodstream into the lungs, which can cause death. Among the people dead from injecting silicon were Peter Dovak who died last November, a Miami trans woman who died from injections (Oneal Ron Morris, the woman who injected her, was sentenced to 10 years for practicing medicine without a license), and last month, Tumblr gay celebrity Tank Hafertepen, the partner of the man Dovak allegedly went to for advice, died of a lung hemorrhage caused by, in part, silicon injection syndrome, according to his death certificate obtained by Rolling Stone.