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Can I acquire AIDS through a tattoo needle?

Q: A month ago, I got myself a permanent tattoo on my left arm. I got the needle sterilised red hot before me and each equipment was sterilised. Can I still acquire AIDS? The artist washed his hand in tap water before designing.

A:If all the skin piercing equipment was sterilised, and the pigment was not contaminated, you are quite safe as far as HIV is concerned. It is extremely unlikely that the pigment could be significantly contaminated by infected blood.

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