first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Travellers seeking a lasting memory of their trip are advised against getting piercing and body art done overseas after a West Australian man contracted HIV after getting a tattoo in Bali. A warning was issued by the Health Department after the travellers tattoo revealed evidence suggesting it for the source of infection of HIV.Department of Health communicable disease control director Paul Armstrong pointed out that tattoo parlours overseas may not meet the same standards and regulations as required by tattooists here in Australia. “This case demonstrates the very real health risk in having this type of procedure done overseas.  The equipment used in tattooing and body piercing, if contaminated with infected blood, can pose a risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as bacterial infections,” Mr Armstrong said.Australians who have recently got a tattoo or a body piercing whilst overseas, and particularly Bali, that are concerned are advised to visit a doctor for a blood test. last_img read more

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