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HIV and Tattoo Ink.
Aug 7, 2013

My cousin was diagnosed 2yrs ago with HIV we just found out yesterday. He is a tattoo artist who's done his own tattoos and some of mine and other family members. I know the primary risks of HIV infection and I came out Neg. My question really is if its possible even when he changes the needle and sterilizes it (he opened it front of me and cleaned it too) I know needles can carry the virus but what about the ink. Because he does tattoos on himself with his own machine and uses a new needle everytime but I don't believe he changes the ink. Can the virus live in the ink? Or does it die?

Response from Rev. Brown

Dear Friend: Proper precautions are being used, and there is not chance of transmission based on what you have shared. Continue to be safe and God speed.



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