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what about getting a tattoo?

hello doctori couldn't seem to find information if it's ok to get a tattoo and be positive? i'm assuming if surgery is ok that possibly a tattoo would be no big deal. i happen to be on my first regimen of Atripla for 6 months now with...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I don't see why a new tattoo would be a problem, provided it was tasteful. Of course, sharing your HIV+ status with the artist would be nice.DW... 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 »

Tattoo anxiety

I got a tattoo in the beginning of December and have been worried about transmission of HIV ever since. I go the tattoo in NJ which is a regulated state. Is there any chance I could have gotten HIV? I gave blood about three weeks ago and I know they...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Regarding your tattoo anxiety, see below.What concerns me is your statement: "I gave blood about three weeks ago and I know they test to see if you have anything." If you had the slightest concern you were HIV infected, why would you... Read more »
Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Response from Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Member, City of NY Bar Association Committee on AIDS
Dear Writer,Thank you for the interesting question. In general, failure to tell a tattoo artist that you are HIV positive is not "per se" against the law. While many states have laws criminalizing exposure to HIV, I would argue that tattoo... Read more »
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Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
Read the part about Tattoos.



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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 »

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 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 »