Hemophilia, tattoos and piercings

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Teens living with hemophilia can learn what to look out for when considering a tattoo or piercings.


You may want to get a tattoo or piercing. However, getting tattoos or piercings can be risky.

  • If you are considering getting a tattoo or piercing, you may want to talk to a member of your CCT first.
  • Try a temporary tattoo similar to the one you are considering. Keep replacing it for a couple of months. If you find you are getting tired of it, it probably is not the right design for you.
  • Yes, he’s a great friend (and maybe a fantastic artist), but that doesn’t mean you should let him do your tattoo or piercings!
  • Find a reputable tattoo and piercing shop to avoid the risk of getting an infection. They should use individual vials of ink. If they get the ink from a larger bottle, watch them at work and make sure they don’t dump the left over ink from individual vials back into the larger bottle.
  • Needles that aren’t cleaned properly can lead to infections, like HIV or hepatitis. Check to make sure that they use single-use needles—they will be in little packets like the ones you use for infusing.
  • Inject yourself with factor before you get your tattoo or piercing, as well as the day after.
    Don’t skimp on the aftercare. Obey the instructions of the piercer or tattoo artist, even if you get bored with it.
Last updated: March 13th 2019