I want to get a tattoo, very bad, however, I'm very aware and scared of the risk of HIV from the process. There is only two or three places where I can get tattoos done (I don't reside in the United States, therefore, I cannot go driving about in search of "remarkable" tattoo parlors). One of the guys who does do tattoos, does a horrible/mediocre job and I'm not sure about the sanitation. Now the other guy, does excellent jobs for tattoos, but he does this from home so I have not the slightest idea whether he follows or does sanitation protocols as well. I do plan to ask him how he cleans the equipment, can anybody please tell me the things that can be accepted? Like things he should and shouldn't (like what he should/can clean the equipment with, how he should clean them, etc) do as far as exposure to blood-pathogens so I can know if I should and can go to him and so I can note if any red flags. Thank youuuuuuuu!!!! View Thread
Hi, um, I'm scared because I got my nose pierced with a gun (the kind where the earring is "shot" into the nose) two months ago (thankfully it's healing properly) and the lady whom did it did not use gloves, but she did soak the new earring in alcohol and ckeaned the area with alcohol as well. (was this a risk of exposure?)
Also, I went back to her to clean my piercing a few times right after I got it done because my nose was really swollen and so without gloves, she pushed the nose stud up and cleaned it for me. If she had a fresh open wound could I have gotten HIV in this scenario because the piercing was new and fresh. Also sometimes I touched my piercing with dirty fingers (I know very immature but I was very excited about it) and so if I came into contact with positive fluids (unknowingly or a small trace of them) and touched my piercing, can I become infected.
Also I went to the beach yesterday is my piercing still at risk of becoming infected; how long is it considered an open wound?View Thread