The Possibility Of Contracting HIV If Using A Tattoo Needle Used By Someone Else?
Good morning, I want to ask. I have a partner who has a lot of tattoos on his body, and one of the tattoos used a used needle a few days after that my partner used it to tattoo himself 2 years ago. And the needle is only burned the tip with a match to clean it. I would like to ask whether such actions could potentially contract HIV? Thank you
Hello Lyly, thanks for asking.
In principle, HIV transmission occurs horizontally (between people to others) and vertically (from mother to fetus). HIV transmission occurs through risky sexual relations and through the blood. Therefore, all risky actions involving blood, always have the possibility of HIV transmission. In the case of your partner, no matter how small the chances are, there is always a gap for contracting HIV.
The problem with HIV is the presence of window windows and non-specific symptoms of HIV. The window period is the period from when the HIV virus enters until antibodies to the virus are detected in the body. Another problem is that AIDS symptoms do not appear immediately. Symptoms can occur in a matter of months to years. Symptoms can resemble a variety of diseases, because HIV attacks the immune system in general.
If you or your partner is in doubt, you can both do VCT at the hospital or health center that has the service. If the results are positive, the doctor will immediately start ARV therapy. In the meantime, you should use a condom during sexual intercourse or limit sexual relations.
Thus my explanation, hopefully useful. Regards.