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Can I get HIV from getting a tattoo or through body piercing?

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Updated September 01, 2006

Question: Can I get HIV from getting a tattoo or through body piercing?
Answer: A risk of HIV transmission does exist if instruments contaminated with blood are either not sterilized or disinfected or are used inappropriately between clients. CDC recommends that instruments that are intended to penetrate the skin be used once, then disposed of or thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.

Personal service workers who do tattooing or body piercing should be educated about how HIV is transmitted and take precautions to prevent transmission of HIV and other blood-borne infections in their settings. If you are considering getting a tattoo or having your body pierced, ask staff at the establishment what procedures they use to prevent the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections, such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C. You also may call the local health department to find out what sterilization procedures are in place in the local area for these types of establishments.

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