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Questions about tattoos and piercing

  1. Are tattooing and piercing risky?
  2. What is safe tattooing or piercing?

Are tattooing and piercing risky?

Since tattooing and piercing are done with needles, it is possible to contract hepatitis B or C, syphilis, or HIV. To avoid all infection it is essential that you find a tattoo or piercing artist who sterilizes his or her equipment, or who uses disposable equipment and throws it away after use. The artist must also wear new latex gloves, and must wash his or her hands after each procedure. As for tattoos, ink used for someone should never be used for another person. Once completed, the tattoo should be bandaged to prevent infections.

For more information, consult our brochure:
Tattoos and Piercing… Protecting yourself from AIDS hepatitis B and hepatitis C Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.
Tattooers - Protect your clients and yourself against HIV and Hepatitis B and C Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.

What is safe tattooing or piercing?

To be sure that you are safely tattooed or pierced, you should make sure that the tattoo or piercing artist sterilizes his or her equipment well, or uses equipment that is thrown away after each use. Anything that comes in contact with blood or skin (needle, ink, punch, etc.) must be new, sterilized or disposable.

For more information, consult our brochure:
Tattoos and Piercing… Protecting yourself from AIDS hepatitis B and hepatitis C Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.
Tattooers - Protect your clients and yourself against HIV and Hepatitis B and C Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.