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Tattoo ink

Question: 

Did hiv various survive in tattoo ink for one week

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about HIV survival in tattoo ink (specifically for a week).

HIV does not survive long outside of the body and HIV cannot reproduce outside a human host (1). However, HIV can survive over 40 days in a completely sealed environment (i.e syringe) (1). HIV would not survive in tattoo ink for this amount of time. It is possible to get HIV from a reused or not properly sterilized tattoo or piercing needle, other tattooing equipment, or contaminated ink (1). There are no documented cases of HIV transmission through this situation. IF the ink is shared there is a possibility for transmission, but it is unlikely. There is a higher risk of acquiring HIV through tattoo ink if the tattoo is occurring in an unlicensed environment due to unsanitary practices or sharing needles or ink (1).

It is recommended to always receive a tattoo from a properly licensed facility that uses professional equipment or be sure to only use new or sterilized needles, and ink (1).

Recommendation: If tattooed by nonprofessional equipment please refer to Physician for HIV test

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle