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How Likely Is It To Get AIDS From Getting A Tattoo

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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 »

Tattooing

I was diagnosed positive a couple of days ago. I am low risk and after goingover my lifestyle... Read more »

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

One-Third of Illinois Inmates Get Tattoos

In a survey of HIV risk behaviors among state prison inmates, Chicago State University researchers found that 29 percent of male inmates got a tattoo while behind bars. The team collected data from 526 women and 1,293 men. Sexual intercourse was... 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 »
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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

District of Columbia Report Likely Underestimated HIV/AIDS Prevalence, City to Increase Testing

A report finding that about 3% of District of Columbia residents are living with HIV/AIDS likely underestimated the city's actual disease burden, Shannon Hader, director of the district's HIV/AIDS Administration , said Monday at the release of the... 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 »

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 »

tattoos

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 »

What's it gonna be like???

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello everybody. I'm writing from Europe, Italy. I'm 28 and I was diagnosed with HIV just two weeks ago; I didn't expect it because I've had no symptoms so far. It was like a fist in my chest, my mind was reeling as I felt like falling from the 7th... Read more »