Thanks for the attention. My wife recently went to Thailand and got a sacred buddhist tattoo from temple monks. Her parents have gotten her concerned that she may have contracted HIV in the process. Nevertheless, she personally witnessed the tattoo artists sanitizing the needle.
Sanitization consisted of: 1. washing off the needle; 2. stirring and submersing it in alcohol for approx. a minute; and 3. subsequently exposing all relative surfaces to open flame for a few seconds.
Furthermore, a new cartridge of color was opened and used for her tattoo. Clean towels were also used.
Am I wrong in insisting that the chance of transmission is basically none? If so, what is the chance of transmission of HIV/AIDS or other ailments like hepatitis?
Detailed answers are much appreciated. Thank you very much.
Here is a link to a sight that hopefully will address your concerns. In the US there has never been a case of contracting HIV threw tatooing but I am not sure about other countries.
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Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck.
You seem to have done a lot of research on your own and to that I say, "Good for you."
I don't know if you know that HIV dies 30 seconds to a minute after it leaves the body. The kind of cleaning that they did in the place you mentioned seems to me that the HIV is dead. Especially the flame part.
I live in Canada and when I teach I tell my audience to have their tattoos done here where it is safe instead of a place far away from home. Here you can ask to see new ink being opened, new needle etc.
That's my addition to what Homerx my educated friend has said.
If you are getting frustrated, let your wife get tested for HIV and Hep C three months from the supposed point of infection. Then you too would have to be tested if you are having unprotected sexual relations with your wife!
Hep C can live on the surface for about 6-8 weeks and I think the flames would kill it.
Again, instead of driving yourself crazy, get the tests done. You did not mention when the tattoo was done.
If a person has HIV, the test will not show accurate test results until after three months from the point of infection. If one doesn't go for a test, one can live from about 7-10 years without symptoms. It is called the asymptomatic stage. It is crazy but true.
There are lots of people walking around that don't know they have HIV and spreading to other people. Very sad.
Cheers to homerx and muthoni. Great information. I'll definately come back to this site when I have another health related question. This is my first time using the forum, and it gets top-notch marks in my book.