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The unprotected part of the tattoo equipment touched my tattoo.

I got a tattoo the other day and at some point the artist was reaching an awkward point which caused a part of the clip cord which wasn't protected by the disposable plastic sheath to come in contact with the open tattoo wound. If this part of the cord had come in to contact with another persons tattoo prior to me, who also was hcv positive, would I be at high risk of contracting the virus?
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Welcome to the forum.   Hepatitis C is blood to blood contact.  Even though your risk is low you are in a high risk environment.    
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Hi just wanted to let you know that Freekies in Colorado has the highest standard of cleanliness and adherence to regulations when it comes to tattoos.  I initially was infected by a horrible place in another state so when I went to get another, I did my homework.  All the artist told me Freakies is the safest. Just fyi.
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Hi LucaFriesz - it is extremely unlikely that you would contract HCV in the manner you have described. the Hep C virus is quite fragile in the environment meaning it breaks down very quickly on surfaces. If a virus somehow remained viable, it would still need to find it's way into your blood circulation. The abrasion caused by the tattooing would be putting up it's own force with bleeding and other fluid exudate so I don't think it is a likely means of transmission in this case. Also, the solid needle used in tattooing turns out not to be an efficient mode of transmission for Hep C. Finally, the prevalence of hepatitis C in the general population is between 1 and 1.5%. In days gone by, the prevalence would be higher among those getting tattoos but with the increasing popularity of tattoos the customers in a tattoo parlour would be starting to resemble the general population more and more with respect to hep C prevalence. Get a test in a few months if you are worried, but I sure wouldn't be losing any sleep over it I were you!
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Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it. The tattoo parlour itself is extremely well respected. It was a momentary lapse of judgment that the unprotected cord brushed over my skin. I watched him clean the floors, change the needles and prepare his work station before he began. It's only that one anomaly and I hope I am alright.
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