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5/21/13 3:33 P

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don't do it on the neck , it can get infected easier. I think you should tell them so they would be extra careful for themselves but with their instruments too. well , the hiv virus gets easily destroyed , I would be more worried about hepatitis C , it takes a nuke to destroy that . kidding and not , it only dies by autoclave sterilisation , 120 C and 2 atmopspheres pressure if I recall correctly

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5/15/13 1:41 A

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Seattle has a great tattoo culture (and is very open about HIV, or at least was when I was there).

Good luck with it!

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5/14/13 3:09 P

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Thanks for telling me about the certificate and how they prepare themselves (gloves.) I will tell him or her; however, in my neck in the woods the stigma is still very much in the dark ages. I'm not sure how they will react. If they seem nervous about it, I'll go somewhere else.

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5/14/13 2:27 P

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My artist requires the artists who work with him to complete training in a bunch of health related areas, one of which is blood borne pathogens. He also requires them to produce a certificate and for that certificate to be mounted on the wall in their workspace. I had never seen that before. He asked me all kinds of questions about my health, including whether or not I had diabetes, but I can't remember if he asked if I had HIV. They do wear gloves, and they do ask if you have a latex allergy or any allergies to any of the pigments or other materials they use in their work. Some of them also wear masks. You can't be too cautious.

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5/14/13 9:36 A

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from thebody.com

May 2, 2012

Is it against the law not to tell the tattoo artist if you have HIV?


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Dear Writer,

Thank you for the interesting question. In general, failure to tell a tattoo artist that you are HIV positive is not "per se" against the law. While many states have laws criminalizing exposure to HIV, I would argue that tattoo artists (who employ Universal Precautions to prevent risk of transmission of a bloodborne disease) are not reasonably exposed to HIV through a known transmission route. Tattoo artists are licensed and regulated by the state in most jurisdictions. In order to obtain a tattoo license, an artist must demonstrate she is fully aware of zealous safety measures and compliance with industry standards which include employment of universal precautions. Universal Precautions are utilized not only to prevent the spread of disease but also to protect the artist themselves. Notwithstanding the above, it may be wise to disclose your medical conditions to your tattoo artist in case, for example, medication you are prescribed causes your skin to by hyper-sensitive.

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5/14/13 9:31 A

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I'm not sure if disclosure is a requirement; however, I would disclose my status. I knew a couple of people I worked with in IL that had tattoos and were positive. I didn't ask them about whether or not they disclosed their status. I'm assuming that tattoo artists wear surgical gloves. I may have a hard time down in the south finding someone who will do it once I disclose my status. I'll keep you posted.

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5/14/13 7:44 A

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Are there health department rules about tats for people with HIV? For example, tattoo artists aren't supposed to tattoo diabetics because they don't heal well. But I know a couple of artists who will do it as long as the person has his/her sugar under control. So what about HIV? I would assume disclosure is a requirement, but is there anything else?

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5/14/13 7:21 A

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Thanks for the ideas... bicep it is! :)

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5/14/13 2:07 A

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Tats hurt more over bone than muscle - so the bicep wouldn't hurt as much as the back of your neck. (I always wonder about people with their whole neck tatted!)

Upper shoulder is also a cool spot - top of arm almost to the shoulder. Just sexier that the bicep, if you want to consider that, Mr K!
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(My tattoo is at the base of my spine. Which is why I know that bone hurts more than muscle.)

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I like the bicep idea too.

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I agree, I would go with the bicep, too. Can't wait to see it.

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Bicep. Easier to cover if you need to

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5/11/13 10:25 A

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I plan on getting one. There are several tattoo places down here. I don't want one in color, but a black and white one either on my bicep or on the back of my neck.

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Do you have one?

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I couldn't watch the video - but wow. That takes GUTS.

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Last week I thought long and hard about the reason why someone would get a bio-hazard tattoo on their body, and then I asked myself why I would get one. I decided I would get a Biohazard tattoo not because I wanted to feel better about myself being HIV positive, but it was because I felt for the people that couldn't be open about their status. There are many reasons why a person cannot be open about their status: it could be because of their family, friends, partner/s, fear of persecution, death, etc. But a lot of these reasons come from stigma. Stigma of how one is treated when being open about their HIV status is very much alive and well. I got this tattoo for those mentioned above to help fight against HIV stigma.

I'm not proud to be HIV positive, but I'm proud that I can be open about my status and stand up to the faces of adversity. This is my part that I can do and I'm not ashamed that I did it. There are many activists that do not like the idea of this tattoo and that is okay, but know that I did this not for myself but for others who cannot be open about their HIV status. Also I feel that doing this does open up the room for discussion. From what I hear from others that have this very tattoo representing their HIV positive status, it actually opens up people to dialog about HIV and about their own status. I also feel that people asking questions about HIV will better help with education. I wear the tattoo but the tattoo does not wear me.

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