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Title: tattoos
Post by: m on January 02, 2013, 11:33:29 am
i had hep c took medication almost 2 yrs now no sign of hep c i am also hiv pos i want to get some tattoos any advice
Title: Re: tattoos
Post by: fullof? on January 02, 2013, 12:36:07 pm
here's a doc i came across a while ago

"Health Standards and Guidellines for Tattooing"

I would do some online research for any place you are considering to make sure they are legit.
Title: Re: tattoos
Post by: iana5252 on January 02, 2013, 04:27:31 pm
Hi M, Welcome to the forums.

Here is a piece we wrote in 2010 on what to watch for when considering a tattoo.

Tattooing Significantly Increases the Risk of Contracting Hep C

I echo full's note. Definitely carefully research any place you are considering before getting a tattoo.
Title: Re: tattoos
Post by: original_morgan on January 04, 2013, 04:52:39 pm
Here's another resouce I came across from HCV Advocate folks...


If you are thinking about getting a tattoo it is important to realize that there is a very real chance that you could get hepatitis B, hepatitis C or another infection while having a tattoo if safety practices are not followed very carefully.
Title: Re: tattoos
Post by: awdolliver on March 01, 2013, 09:57:42 am
Hi M,
My name is Adam Dolliver, I'm with the Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia, and we have a workshop specifically around safer tattooing and piercing.  You can check out our Facebook page to see lots of resources about what you should look for when getting a tattoo:


Look in the Photos section for tip sheets!

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: tattoos
Post by: karenhoyt on March 01, 2013, 03:51:11 pm
Good question. Have you chosen what you want to have tatted yet? Art, words, or both?
As with any procedure that pierces the skin and can transfer blood, researching the shop and their sanitation procedures are important. Ask questions about whether they use an autoclave. Boiling is not enough. Microscopic blood cells can hide.
If you tell them you are infected with a blood borne virus, they should know it ahead of time. A reputable tattoo artist should be able to guide you. Check out the websites in the earlier replies too!
Are you doing treatment? If you have any questions, check out my best friends guide to surviving! http://www.ihelpc.com
I just wrote a blog about tats. There's a lot of nice art work being done today.  Karen:)