Can I get a tattoo if I am undetectable?
Hello, I have been on ART for about 5 years (4 years with Genvoya and 1 year Biktarvy) and my viral load is undetectable.
I would like to get a tattoo but there would be bleeding during the tattoo procedure. Is there a transmission risk during the bleeding although my viral load is undetectable?
Or the transmission risk is low due to being undetectable?
Hi, how are you doing?
Yes, it is easy and safe to get a tattoo.
There is no additional risk to either you or the tattoo artist from HIV.
This is not because of U=U though. It is because tattoo are given under sterile conditions.
As long as you use a reputable tattoo artist that follows appropriate hygiene techniques there is no risk of transmission. This involves using gloves, single-use ink pots and disposable needles/tubing.
Great to hear you are doing well on treatment too.