Scorpion tattoos like the one recently inked onto broadcaster David Dimbleby's shoulder sometimes serve as a symbol of being HIV positive in the gay community, it has emerged. Question Time host Dimbleby, 75, achieved a lifetime's ambition by having the body art filmed for his latest TV documentary series. The married father-of-four said he chose the scorpion because it matches his star sign, adding it was "sitting on my shoulder ready to attack my enemies". The sting in the tail is said to represent the virus. Other popular designs include the nuclear symbol. Conley, a sociologist, told the channel he was aware of between 45 and 60 other gay men in online forums who had scorpion or biohazard symbols to denote their HIV status.
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On March 18, , William F. His plan involved systematically administering an "AIDS test" to everyone in the general population and tattooing warning labels on those who tested positive. They "should be tattooed in the upper forearm, to protect common-needle users, and on the buttocks, to prevent the victimization of other homosexuals," Buckley wrote. Buckley's proposal, among the earliest known mentions of a codified HIV tattoo, spurred several backlash letters, with immediate comparison made to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. For queer men, the idea had some practicality: Such tattoos would wordlessly communicate HIV-positive status to others and make the business of disclosure easier. Among the many HIV-related tattoos, one has become widely recognizable: the international biohazard symbol, which appears on medical packaging for hazardous materials like viral samples and used hypodermic needles.
Why I Got a Biohazard Tattoo for Pride
Portland, Oregon CNN -- As he puts a straw in his fruit smoothie, Michael Lee Howard accidentally knocks over the cup, spilling the seaweed-colored liquid. As he collects the smoothie overflow in the plastic lid, he exposes the tattoos on his wrists: a biohazard symbol on the right and a radiation symbol on the left. Howard might not have come across as such a calm person in late , when he found out he was HIV-positive. After his diagnosis, he felt "dirty" in his own skin, and feared infecting others if he so much as cut his hand. Getting the wrist tattoos helped him in his journey toward self-acceptance.
I think it's fucking hot when poz men have the biohazard symbol tattooed on them somewhere Yeah I have to agree It also takes away the akwardness at the bar or at the park; its says "I'm poz, I'm still here and you can talk to me about it".