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Question by mskymba
Submitted on 12/3/2003
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I am a nurse and am developing a lecture on body modification. What do you wish nurses and doctors knew about piercing, ink and other modifications? I am interested in hearing from clients and artists. You can respond here, or my personal email: mskymba@yahoo.com

Answer by nycrndude
Submitted on 1/4/2004
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I am a heavily tattooed and pierced Emergency Department RN.  I would like nurses and doctors to know how to properly remove piercings - your local piercing parlor will be happy to share that info with you. I would also like it if my colleagues didn't automatically assume heavily tattooed people are criminals and/or drug addicts.   I would like to share that most tattoo artists and piercers are meticulous in their sterile technique and cross contamination policies, and that not a single case of Hepatitis C in the USA had been traced to a dirty tattoo or piercing needle.


Answer by Lucy
Submitted on 3/2/2006
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i am heavily tattooed and have a few facial piercings.
i would love it if i wasn't treated like a criminal when i have to go to A&E.
it would also be great if i didn't get lectures from these people. i have had things like "You could've been so pretty" and "What did you want to mutilate yourself for." among others.
i only go to the same tattooist and i know that his studio is VERY clean and all this equipment is sterile otherwise i would keep going back to him.
i don't need to be told about Hepatitis or HIV. i am a big girl and can make my own decisions.


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