My boyfriend and I have been dating for two months so far. He is the first person I ever had unprotected sex with.
Lately, I've been concerned about Hep C or B. I heard that both of these infections can be passed sexually - and since he's had ink done unprofessionally at his friends home - I'm wondering what my chance of possibly contracting it is. He has reassured me stating that his friend used sterile needles and precaution; however, I know that you can get Hep C from reused ink (this is what concerns me. . .if they used new containers and ink
Very possible,besides sexually tattoos and getting nails done are 2 other highly likely places. I know because i have Hep.B in chronic stage diagnosed 5 days after marrying my 2nd husband. was faithful for 30 years to my 1st. always used protection except for the 2. NOW one of them gave it to me.I did have a blood transfusion with the birth of my 1st child 26 yrs ago. BUT the Liver specialist said it would show up by now.Do you have any symptoms?Or is this just something that is worrying you?
.I HOPE YOU DANCE/..i lost my mother Sept 2012.she wanted me to never back out,take a chance that might bring happiness
Last edited by moderator2; 05-18-2013 at 02:53 PM.
Why don't you ask him to get tested. That would make more sense, as long as he is willing. You could offer to pay for the test. If he shows no exposure to either, you can quit worrying, as long as the relationship is monogamous and he doesn't get more tatoos done. Incubation of the virus can take up to 6 months, so a test now and again in 3 months should be adequate.
Hi Corax- the best thing to do is sit down with him and have an honest discussion about your concerns. Also, it seems kind of strict but really the best way to protect yourself is to use condoms with a partner until you've both been tested for everything & have a clean bill of health and have mutually agreed to be monogamous.
Doing a home tattoo is a bit irresponsible IMHO because of the safety risk but I'd imagine the risk is still pretty low but still there. I wouldn't worry too much, but you need to address your concerns with your boyfriend and let him know you don't feel safe having unprotected sex with him if he is going to have a friend tattoo him rather than go to a shop where everything is safe, and suggest you both go to planned parenthood to do a complete std screening. They have a sliding scale. Otherwise, back to condoms. As women we have to set healthy boundaries to protect ourselves. Good luck and hugs to you. I am sure you will be fine