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Getting A Tattoo And Possible HIV Exposure

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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 »

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... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Lawrence Hospital Surgery Patients Warned of Possible Hepatitis, HIV Exposure

Ten surgery patients of Lawrence Hospital Center (LHC) in Bronxville are being notified of the need to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C due to improperly cleaned equipment. The state Department of Health said the hospital reported... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia's Olympic Doctors Warn Team Off Getting Tattoos

On Tuesday, the Australian Olympic team's doctors advised athletes attending next year's games in Beijing to forego getting traditional celebratory tattoos until they are back at home. The doctors are concerned the tattoos could transmit hepatitis... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin: License Ensures Tattoos Applied Safely

Area health officials are warning residents against getting tattoos from unlicensed inkers, saying state-mandated health and safety standards minimize infection risks. To receive licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, tattoo... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Canceled Canadian Prison Tattoo Program Reduced Risk of HIV, Report Says

A Canadian prison tattoo parlor program that was canceled by the government was cost-effective and successful in raising awareness and reducing the risk of bloodborne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, according to a new report from the... 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 »

Scared and Worried: Possible HIV Exposure

Posted by kindahypertonic, 1 Reply
Hey everyone,

I had an unprotected sexual experience February 2, 2007. The morning after having received and given a blowjob (I did not swallow nor did he) as well as a single unprotected anal insertion [i received]- no sex, as in no continous... 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 »