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.
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.
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.
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