Tattoo and piercing shops should use sterilizers, too. PJ Skerrett of Harvard Medical School said “the shop should have an autoclave.” Even “using sterilized water when tattoo ink must be diluted” is pertinent to operating a clean, professional facility.
Los Angeles resident, Raul Alonso was diagnosed with AIDS after getting a tattoo. The artist did not use an autoclave. "It was pretty horrible," Alonso says. "I had been so traumatized because I'm thinking, `OK they told me I'm gonna die in three to six months and now my family is not backing me up.' So it was a real horrible time."
Columnist Paul Carpenter of Pennsylvania Morning Call states “tattoo [shops] are notorious for transmitting the HIV virus, tuberculosis and MRSA, the "flesh-eating" disease.” For this reason professional tattoo artists take sterilization very seriously.
Neil Manos of Smiley Tattoo in California asserts that “Cleanliness is the most important factor” He explains that he wants his “shop to be as clean and sterile as a doctor's office” and “tests its autoclave sterilization machine regularly”
“We have done all our tests, all our regulations, vaccinations. We do reporting once a month with our autoclave in the back, which is steam sterilization,” Said Dustin Stewart of East Side Tattoo in Georgia. “Everything is hospital sterile here.”
These types of practices are ideal, but are becoming more difficult as the economy worsens. “I know of no one who can afford to invest in an autoclave, so it is unlikely you will commonly see one in a shop.” states a nail technician who wishes to remain unnamed. Sterilizers are a serious, but costly investment for small businesses.
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