not that i have ever read and i don't believe the instrument used would be able to transmit HIV because blood is not kept in an air tight container. When HIV is exposed to air shortly after it is rendered inactive.
As someone who has plenty of tattoo's I can tell you that yes it is possible to become infected with HIV (and other blood bourne pathogens like Hep) from tattooing.
However, any tattoo artist who cares about his work, will never, ever use dirty needles, guns or colours on a client. In fact they will go to great pains to demonstratoe this by opening there sterile needles in front of each new client as well as pouring new colours into new pots.
oh, and the artist will alwasy wear latex gloves to protect both him(her)self and you.
Most tattoo studio's are regluated by public health departments and all resueable equipment, like the guns are cleaned in an autoclave machine.
So while possible it's possible the real risk is closer to zero provided you use a registed and professional tattoo artist and studio.
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