Can I get a tattoo if I'm living with HIV? Living with HIV should not prevent you from getting a tattoo. Guidelines from medical experts and voluntary sector organisations confirm that refusing people living with HIV a tattoo, piercing or beauty treatment is illegal under the Equality Act 2010. Asking clients if they are HIV positive is also unjustified according to current data protection legislation (Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation 2018) as collecting this information is unnecessary. The guidelines explain that licensing requirements mean that clients are protected from HIV and other blood-borne viruses by standard universal precautions, such as sterilising equipment, using fresh disposable gloves, and new ink for each and every person. These treat each and every client as though they may have an undiagnosed blood-borne virus and eliminate the risk of a blood-borne virus being passed from one client to another. More information: New guidelines confirm it's illegal and unnecessary to refuse people living with HIV a tattoo 'All I wanted was a tattoo' blog If you experience discrimination by tattoo studios/artists due to your status, get in contact with us.