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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 »

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 »

Tattoos with sharp objects

My bf got a tattoo with a staple while he was in jail. It was a brand new staple and he used in own... 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 »
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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Thai Corrections Department Increasing Efforts to Prevent Tattooing Among Prison Inmates to Curb Spread of HIV, Other Diseases

The Thai Department of Corrections is increasing its efforts to prevent prison inmates from tattooing themselves in an effort to curb the spread of HIV and other diseases, such as hepatitis, the Bangkok Post reports. According to a recent study... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ohio: West Milton Council Bans Tattoo, Body-Piercing Shops

Last month, officials in West Milton voted 4-2 to prohibit tattoo and body-piercing parlors from operating in the city, citing the potential of unsterile needles to spread hepatitis and HIV. The town of 4,700, located north of Dayton, may be the... Read more »
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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 »

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

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

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