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    Can HIV be contracted through unsterilized needle cap usage while tattooing?

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Posted on Wed, 9 Aug 2017 in HIV and AIDS
Question: I made a tatoo.the tattoo artist used new neddle and ink. But I am not sure he used new needle cap but he said that he used setrilzed cap.I seen that the cap was clean (not having blood on it)and he did my tattoo after ten hours from previous one. So my query is that their is any chance to infection of hiv.
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Answered by Dr. Nagamani Ng 47 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No risk.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for posting the query,

As he already confirmed that he has used the new needle cap, the chances of spreading of HIV is nil.

And as you told it was already 10 hours that the previous tatoo was done, HIV virus will not be alive in external environment. SO the chances are nil.

Be tense free and do not worry about the HIV risk with the tatoo.

Take care.
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Follow up: Dr. Nagamani Ng 39 hours later
The tattoo artist said that he used sterilised cap but I am not sure. But I seen that the cap looks clean means don't have ink or blood on cap.so is their any chance to hiv infection.

If cap not sterilised.

But he used this cap after 10 hours from privous one
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Answered by Dr. Nagamani Ng 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
No risk.

Detailed Answer:
As i already told if the cap is not used for 10 hours, then the HIV virus do not survive in air, So need not worry. But still if you have to be clear then get the HIV screening test done after 6 weeks.

Take care
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Follow up: Dr. Nagamani Ng 3 days later
What is hiv screening test and where it is done and after 6weeks it is conclusive.
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Answered by Dr. Nagamani Ng 2 days later
Brief Answer:
It is done in any diagnostic centre

Detailed Answer:
It is done in any of the diagnostic centres.
There are many types of blood investigations like
XXXXXXX /EIA
Rapid HIV tests
Nucleic-acid-based tests (NAT)


You can get it done to be double assured of the diagnosis.

Take care
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