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Tattoo and risk of infection (different than in the archives)

Dr. Bob, I did an internet search and your name came up. I read you provide science-based logic to your practice. Being a fellow scientist, I respect your wisdom. With that said, I have a few questions pertaining to my tat (my first and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Fellow Scientist,Actually your question doesn't require much in the way of science, but rather just common-sense logic! I have to side with your wife on this issue. Your fears are illogical (and irrational). You essentially answered your... Read more »

Scared after tattooing HIV positive client

I was doing a tattoo on a client who has told me he is HIV positive and I have tattooed him a couple times and nothing went wrong. The last time I worked on him I got a little close and felt some ink from his tattoo go into my eye. I was kind of...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I would consider this a pretty low risk exposure. Still, getting and HIV test would put you at ease. By now the test would be positive. If it is negative, you do not have to worry about HIV. As a tattoo artist you should make sure your vaccines... Read more »

Tattoo risk of HIV

Hello doctor ,i am a Software engineer,before some days around 10 march ,i made a tattoo on my arms, The lady was sharing needles for creating this and same ink. I am very much afraid of being HIV positive.Can you please tell me how to verify this...
Rev. Todd A. Brown

Response from Rev. Todd A. Brown

Partnerships for Hope
Dear Friend:There is a risk of transmission for HIV when needles are shared in tatooing as well as piercing where one of the individuals is HIV positive. I would encourage you to go and take an HIV test so that you might know your status.... Read more »

Tattooing

I was diagnosed positive a couple of days ago. I am low risk and after goingover my lifestyle extensively, my health care worker decided and I concurthat the most likely place that I caught HIV from was a tattoo that Ireceived in 1991. Apparently I...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. Tattooing does pose a risk of infection,however, transmission does not commonly occur this way. This is for severalreasons. First of all, most places that do tattoos are very carefulregarding prevention of... Read more »
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TATTOO RISKS???

Posted by curls, 2 Replies
I got my first tattoo on March 10 and have been worried about hiv infection ever since. I had the tattoo done at a shop that's been established for 15+ years, but is a little on the scuzzy side. I personally didn't see the artist open new needles ... Read more »

Tattoo's and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hi everyone,
I am + but my viral load is below 200. I am wanting to go for my first tattoo (at 32!) but I worry about exposure and disclosure, has anyone out there been refused because of their stat, or is it a don't ask don't tell policy (since I... Read more »

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Tattoo and me

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello, I'm 16 going on 17 and I want to get a tattoo for my birthday. I am HIV positive. I'm wondering if there can be any complication towards me if I get a tattoo. I am of course aware that I need to go to a safe sterile professional environment... Read more »