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Tattoo needle prick and HIV risk

Hello.  I'm a little ansious about something.
I'm a tattoo artist from Brazil and during my tattoo career I've been pricked by tattoo needles during work. I have small black dots in my finger. It was superficial and didn't bleed and i was also using gloves. This never bothered me in the past, but these days I'm thinking about it and it's causing me a lot of stress. I read here that tattoos needles is not risk for HIV because it's not hollow and do not hold enough blood, and tattoos are superficial. But i would like to confirm it and forget about this.
I'm glad this forum exist and i can overcome my anxiety. Thank you!
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Your situation involves personal contact with an object in air  ( tools, needles, blood from people's cuts, etc.). No hiv worries, because you can't get hiv from personal contact except unprotected penetrating vaginal or anal, neither of which you did and you didn't share hollow needles to inject with which is the only other way to acquire hiv. Analysis of large numbers of infected people over the 40 years of hiv history has proven that people don't get hiv in the way you are worried is a risk.
HIV is a fragile virus in air or saliva and is effectively instantly dead in either air or saliva so the worst that could happen is dead virus rubbed you, and obviously anything which is dead cannot live again so you are good. Blood and cuts would not be relevant in your situation since the hiv has become effectively dead, so you don't have to worry about them to be sure that you are safe.
There is no reason for a person to test when they are safe. The advice took into consideration that the other person might be positive, so move on and enjoy life instead of thinking about this non-event. hiv prevention is straightforward since there are only 3 ways you can become infected, so next time you wonder if you had a risk, ask yourself this QUESTION. "Did I do any of the 3?" Then after you say "No, I didn't" you will know that it's time to move on back to your happy life.
Your situation of being cut and rubbing someone else's blood and cuts is common to everyone on this planet, although maybe it doesn't happen to others as much as it does to people in your profession, but you have never read of anyone getting hiv this way because it doesn't happen. Move on.
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Thank you for your answer. I won't be worried about this anymore since it's irracional to think about this when I have zero risk. I appreciate your help!
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Yes, the risks for acquiring hiv are very clear. Unprotected vaginal sex, unprotected anal sex or sharing IV (injectable) needles.  Anything exposed to air like a tattoo needle will not transmit the virus since air inactivates it.  
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Thank you for your answer!!
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