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Reused markers for Tattooing
Mar 7, 2008

Hello. I had a tattoo question.

I got a tattoo years ago. The shop is clean(autoclaves, sealed needles, and so on). Well he does freehand(meaning he draws it on with a marker first). Well, he shaved my arm, then drew the design on with little sharpie markers. He then put the markers back in the cup at his station where he got them from. Note I did have a small nick on my arm from the razor that he drew over. I asked him if they were single use markers, and he said yes. However, he never threw them away. He left them in his little cup. And i have some doubts he really just uses them once. Should I be concerned? Would those markers be really high risk? Or is that more needles? I have since tested negative for both Hepatitis C(6 or 7 months after i had my tattoo), and HIV(well over a year later). However I have NOT been tested for Hepatitis B. Would you recommend I get tested? Or am I at low risk? Needless to say I am not going back to him anymore. Thank you.

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would simply get a blood test for Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B antibodies. This is simple to do and will quell any concerns.



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