05 May Can you transmit illnesses through tattoos, are they safe and hygienic?
In this day and age it is very difficult to transmit diseases through the needles of a professional tattoo artist. In general they will use disposable material and therefore it is only used once.
Therefore the tattoo artist will avoid diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis A, B or C.
There can be other issues such as allergies. The tattooist should always be informed if the client has allergies or if there is a possibility so that an allergy test can be performed, especially in colors such as red or blue.
Infections can be another issue which would usually occur if non-disposable material was used or if the tattoo studio was unhygienic or if the client does not take into account post-tattoo care such daily cleaning of the tattoo and applying the recommended creams as well as special tips given to help the healing.
Points to keep in mind for the person who wants to get tattooed:
- Check the hygiene conditions of the studio and the artist that will perform the tattoo.
- Do not get tattoos with improvised instruments such as homemade machines.
- You should see how the disposable material is opened.
- You must complete a consent form.
- You should be given and informed of post-tattoo care before leaving the tattoo studio.
In order to avoid secondary problems after the tattoo, it is recommended:
- Do not donate blood for at least a year afterwards. Let us know about any allergies or chronic
diseases, epilepsy, if you have pacemakers or if you have any infectious diseases like AIDS,
hepatitis A, B or C.
- Be sure of the area when choosing to have the tattoo because of possible discrimination in the
It is becoming increasing popular in society having a tattoo that shows an illness you may have for example; there are diabetics who are tattooing the type of diabetes they have and firemen who have tattooed their blood group.