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Can HIV Live In The Ink For Tattoos

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HIV and Tattoo Ink.

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...
Rev. Todd A. Brown

Response from Rev. Todd A. Brown

Partnerships for Hope
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.... Read more »

Can u catch hiv from a dirty tattoo ink tube

Can the hiv virus live inside a tattoo ink tube if so how long will it still be infected if the... Read more »

Thanks again from the "HIV and Ink" questioner

Dr. Bob,From the "HIV and Ink" questioner with OCD, thanks again for your response! Much... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis C Linked to Tattoo Ink

Fritz Francois, M.D., a researcher from New York University Langone Medical Center, reports that people with hepatitis C are four times more likely to have tattoos, regardless of other risk factors. The estimate is based on a study of 2,000... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Professor Poz

Photo: John Phillips . One of the first things you notice about Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco, 47, is the multicoloured fish tattoo on his neck. In his early twenties, getting inked was his way of side-stepping a boring, conventional life. "The... Read more »
CDC National Prevention Information Network

Ohio Officials Try to Curb Prison Tattooing

This article was reported by Dayton Daily News . Dayton Daily News reported that state prison officials are trying to stop illegal tattooing among inmates. According to prison officials, tattooing under unsterile conditions such as in the prison... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Prison Tattoo Experiment Aims to Cut Disease Rates

The Bath Institution near Kingston, Ontario, is one of six Canadian prisons participating in the Safer Tattooing Practices Initiative, a pilot program aimed at reducing the spread of blood-borne diseases like hepatitis C among inmates. The $700,000... Read more »
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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 »

HIV In Prisons-MYTHS-Tattooing

Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
Read the part about Tattoos.

Busted! Georgia Prison Study Shakes Down Some HIV Myths

by Laura Whitehorn

April 26, 2006A new study tracking HIV through the Georgia prison system is busting some myths about life behind bars and raising questions about... Read more »


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 »


Posted by Anonymous
cdc says no documented cases, i watched artist use one-time needkes/tubes, ink, etc. anyone wonder about tattooing? anyone know differently? they say hep c is likely transmitted by tattooing, but hep c is not sexually transmitted. it is all... Read more »