The New Form A- HIV Testing (and tattoos)


The Form A of the the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau is the form used for/by people who wants to get tested for HIV. Click here to view the new –> Form A_v2017

There are some questions around the new form:

  1. Why is tattoo being asked in the form under risk assessment?
  2. Why does the government say “fill up” instead of fill out?


form A tattoo

According to CDC,

There are no known cases in the United States of anyone getting HIV this way. However, it is possible to get HIV from a reused or not properly sterilized tattoo or piercing needle or other equipment, or from contaminated ink.

It’s possible to get HIV from tattooing or body piercing if the equipment used for these procedures has someone else’s blood in it or if the ink is shared. The risk of getting HIV this way is very low, but the risk increases when the person doing the procedure is unlicensed, because of the potential for unsanitary practices such as sharing needles or ink. If you get a tattoo or a body piercing, be sure that the person doing the procedure is properly licensed and that they use only new or sterilized needles, ink, and other supplies.

So that’s in the US, of course.  There hasn’t been a formal report around transmission from tattoos/piercings in the country, as far as I know.  The HIV registry does show needle sharing so I don’t quite know if there were cases around alleged tattoo transmissions.  Licensed tattoo artists are really not a thing in the Philippines,  while former Senator Manny Villar did submit a bill around tattooing,  I am quite not sure if it ever passed as a law.

So is it possible to get HIV from Tattooing, according to the article in CDC, yeah.  Low risk, yes.  Never in the US, yeah.  I hope that answers the messages I have been getting lately about the new form A.

So there.

Oops, the fill up-fill out thing? How the hell should I know? LOLS!



About +daddy+drEw+

HIV awareness and treatment Advocate & Activist. Living with HIV since 2007. A friend. A partner. A dad to the HIV Community.
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