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Tattoos & Piercings

A risk of HIV or Hepatitis C transmission does exist if instruments used for tattooing or piercing are shared.  Personal service workers who do tattooing or body piercing should be educated about how HIV and Hepatitis C are transmitted and take precautions to prevent transmission. 
 

When getting a piercing ask for or make sure:

  • The artist shows you their portfolio
  • The artist tells you about aftercare before the piercing
  • Single use piercing needles
  • New surgical steel jewellery
  • Right type of jewellery for that piercing
  • The artist wears latex gloves
  • The auto clave sterilizer recently serviced
  • The artist is informed about HIV and hepatitis
     

When getting a tattoo ask for or make sure:

  • The artist shows you their portfolio
  • The artist tells you about aftercare before you get a tattoo
  • That the ink is new and only used for you (Hepatitis C can live in ink)
  • Single use tattoo needles and razors
  • The auto clave sterilizer was recently serviced
  • The studio had covered surfaces
  • The artist wears latex gloves
  • The artist is informed about HIV and Hepatitis C

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