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Not your average 'TATTOO' Q&A
Mar 27, 2009

I recently went to a place to have my boyfriend get a tattoo removed. The man who got his before my boyfriend was telling me he has had HIV for 20 years. I'm worried if there is any way to transmit HIV through tattoo removal? I believe it's through laser. I wasn't in the room so I don't know if the laser is all that's used.

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~NOTE~ For 'Not your usual TATTOO Q&A" (Submitted Mar 26, 2009)

Please add along with my other post, that in the tattoo removal, blood is present during the process. Does this change any risk, or no because it's a laser being used. Again, not sure what instruments are actually being used during tattoo removal.

I will greatly appreciate your help, I looked in archives and kind find a thing that has to do with this.

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Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

So you accompany your boyfriend to get his "this bud's for you" tattoo removed from his butt and you're worried because the guy who had his "I love you Bruno" tattoo removed just prior was HIV positive? Relax. The HIV-transmission risk would be nonexistent assuming standard precautions were used. There are a variety of techniques available for tattoo removal, including laser. Yes, there would be some blood and oozing that occurs during the procedure, but again this would not be a concern assuming standard universal precautions were used. (These precautions are indeed routine and standard.) I see absolutely no cause for concern, but if you're worried, call the tattoo-removal place and ask them about the HIV-prevention procedures they have in place for the tattoo-removal process. They should be able to reassure you as well.

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