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Can I get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a tattoo or a body piercing?

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HIV can spread through blood. In theory, you could catch the virus from tattooing or body piercing if the needles were used on someone with HIV before you but were not sterilized. But the CDC says no cases have been reported of someone getting the virus this way.

From: How Do You Catch HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

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AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

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