Got my bloodwork back today (needed it for surgery)… not that it's any surprise, but I'm clear on all my Hep and HIV tests. HIV I wasn't worried about because I'm not really in a risk category, but, being heavily tattooed I've got an elevated Hepatitis risk of course.
Of course I know the contamination control practices of the studio I use, but mistakes happen to doctors and mistakes happen to tattoo artists. Even with protection, if you're getting tattooed and pierced, you are putting yourself in harm's way and putting a lot of faith in the hands of people getting paid a very small amount of money for protecting you… Luckily the vast majority care deeply about what they're doing. So to all you tattoo artists and piercers who helped keep me safe, thank you!