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Doctors at Varanasi County Hospital found at least two patients who tested positive for HIV in the past two months after tattooing themselves on their bodies.

WARANASI: Doctors at Varanasi County Hospital have encountered at least two patients who tested positive for HIV in the past two months after having had their body tattooed on.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Varanasi, confirmed that two patients undergoing treatment at the district hospital said they had not had blood transfusions or had undergone any unprotected sexual intercourse, but had tested positive after getting a tattoo.
Twenty-year-old Jayant (name changed), a resident of Baragaon, had his arm tattooed at a village fair. After a few months, his health began to deteriorate. He had a high fever and weakened. Even after all the treatments, he felt no relief, so the doctors tested him for HIV. After investigation, it tested positive. But Jayant was not convinced that the report was correct. He told the doctor that he was not married yet, had no physical relationship with anyone, and had never gone for a blood transfusion. Doctors then found out about his tattoo and explained to him that this was the reason.
Something similar happened to a young woman, Shefali (name changed), from Nagwan town. Tattooed her peddler. After a few days, her condition began to deteriorate. After pathological examination, she was found to be HIV positive.
Dr. Preeti Agarwal, Senior Doctor of the Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Center at Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital said they both had no idea about the root cause of HIV infection. “Neither have they had unprotected sex, nor have they been transfused with infected blood. When they received counseling at the center, it was revealed that they began to experience health problems after getting tattooed, ‘said Dr Agarwal.
She said the problem was caused by the use of infected needles while tattooing. In fact, the needle with which the tattoo is made is very expensive. Normally, the needle should be destroyed after getting a tattoo. But in order to earn more, tattoo makers use the same needle on many people. “However, people who have tattoos are not aware of this danger. They can’t even see if the tattoo artist has inserted a new needle into the machine. In such a situation, if an HIV-infected person is tattooed with this needle, there is every risk that others will contract HIV using the same needle, ”she added.
Dr. Agarwal said that you should exercise proper care before getting a tattoo. In order to save money, getting a tattoo at a fair or a trader can be disastrous. “Before getting a tattoo, please check if a new needle has been inserted into the machine or not. People who have recently had tattoos should have an HIV test to begin treatment immediately, ”she suggested.

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