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Getting A Tattoo And Possible HIV Exposure

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...setting at risk of getting HIV? Have people been infected with HIV from being stuck by needles in non-health care settings? Are lesbians or other women who have sex with women at risk for HIV? Can I get HIV from getting a tattoo or through body piercing? Can HIV be transmitted by kissing? Can HIV be transmitted by human bite? Can HIV be transmitted by being scratched? Can HIV be transmitted by being spit on by an...
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Girlfriend has Tattoo from 1997. Should I worry about HCV?

Hi All, My girlfriend received a tattoo in 1997. Should I be worried at all of the possibility of HCV infection? I've read that several people believe they got HCV from Tattoos. Was this a common thing in the late 90's? She is very resistant to...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...In my experience, tattooes are a risk if they were applied in a home setting with persons sharing needles, or in a prison setting. In an official tattoo Read more »

How likely is it to get Hep A,B,C and HIV from a tattoo?

I recently got a tattoo in a shop that has recently been closed due to unsanitary conditions and unsterilized equipment. Health board is now asking everyone who got a tattoo there to come forward for testing of HEP A,B, C and HIV. I got my blood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...situations like this. There are too many potentially confounding variables to consider. (For instance, did you get a tasteful triceps tattoo that reads "I Love Dr. Bob" or did you become the "illustrated man" covering every available centimeter... Read more »

HIV

Hi Dr. Horwath, I had a piercing when i was younger and a tattoo done about 4 years ago and now i question the sterile environment in which it was done in. I had the oral and the blood HIV test done a few months ago, leaving about a 3.5 year from...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
If those were your only exposures, then there is almost no chance that your tests were incorrect. Read more »

Tattoo

Is there any problem in doing a tattoo if I'm positive?
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...No, the Tattoo parlour should by law use free equipment each time so there is no risk to you or othersHowever, it is always best to check with Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Treatment After Exposure to HIV

...2005, the Centers for Disease Control reviewed information on PEP. They concluded that it should also be available for use after HIV exposures that are not work-related. People can be exposed to HIV during unsafe sexual activity, when a condom... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: HIV, Hepatitis Tests Urged After Unlicensed Tattoo Parlors Closed in Calgary

...nothing about a licensee's artistic training or skill, said Steve Peace, owner of Immaculate Concept Tattoo, an approved parlor. "Tattoos have been trying to come out of the gutter for 100 years and, pretty much, we're finally there. The guys at... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...than 3 days) after the exposure has occurred. PEP should NOT be seen as a substitute for practices that can help avoid HIV exposure in the first place, such as consistent and correct use of condoms, abstinence from sex or mutual monogamy... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tattoo Artists Need Closer Monitoring, Study Says

...Canadian researchers found in a newly published review and meta-analysis of studies from 30 countries. Individuals with multiple tattoos over large swaths of skin were at a higher risk of contracting hepatitis C, said lead author Dr. Siavash... 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 Read more »

Tattoo

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...All gay diseased men should have a HIV tattoo this will help stop spread HIV. 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 Read more »

TATTOO RISKS???

Posted by curls, 2 Replies
...typical of hiv infection? I'm really scared can anyone help with some insight? I know hiv infection isn't recorded b y CDC from tattoos, but does this sound like infection? Read more »