Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar_universal
Extremely Nervous
Can someone please assist me with the following questions? I have not slept in the past two days.  Two days ago I went to a tattoo parlour to get a tattoo, I slightly remember seeing him open a disposable needle but after that I did not see anything else that was done to set up the instrument.  I know this was silly of me but it was only after I finished my tattoo that I became nervous about health risks.  

Therefore, my questions are 1) Is there any risk of contracting HIV by getting a tattoo? 2) Can the HIV virus survive in tattoo ink? 3) Can the virus survive on the needle? 4) Can the virus survive in the needle holding tube? 5) How soon should I take an HIV test?

I really would appreciate responses to this question from Doctors on the medical team as well as anyone else.

Nervous
Cancel
7 Answers
Page 1 of 1
186166_tn?1385262982
according to the cdc...there has never been a documented case of someone getting hiv from a tattoo.
Comment
Cancel
186166_tn?1385262982
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar_universal
I understand that there has never been a documented case, but based on the factors that I have outlined, am I at any risk? Do I have anything to worry about?
Comment
Cancel
Avatar_universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
173325_tn?1213940121
There was 0 risk here and it's never been known to happen, so why would you worry?


Comment
Cancel
173325_tn?1213940121
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
417144_tn?1225962848
Hi there,

You are not at risk.  No test is needed.

Cheers!
Comment
Cancel
417144_tn?1225962848
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar_universal
1. No
2. Tattoo ink is not reused on other people and the answer is NO.
3. Tattoo parlors use sterile needles on each customer. So the answer is NO.
4. No
5. You don't need to test you were never at risk.

Don't ask anymore questions on tattooing. If you can't get over it. Don't ever get another tattoo.
Comment
Cancel
Avatar_universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar_universal
Ok...I appreciate all of your responses.  Dr. HHH, I would be grateful for a reply from you as well, just to confirm what the others have said.
Comment
Cancel
Avatar_universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
186166_tn?1385262982
pay your 15.00 and post it on the ask a doctor forum
Comment
Cancel
186166_tn?1385262982
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar_universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Extremely Nervous
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
HIV Prevention Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1443740527
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top HIV Answerers
Avatar_universal
Blank
366749_tn?1370585676
Blank
Karachi, Pakistan
Avatar_universal
Blank
Philippines
1508374_tn?1380812110
Blank
Athens, Greece
Avatar_universal
Blank
Buffalo, NY
3191940_tn?1447272317
Blank