The biohazard tattoo has been adopted by the gay community as a way of telling people they are infected with HIV or AIDS. Instead of the symbol being used in a negative way, it is used to raise awareness for the disease.
Members of the gay community who decide to wear the tattoo may choose to do so in order to spread awareness. Many people have said the tattoo is a great conversation starter because it helps reduce stigma, and it is a reminder of how living with HIV changes a life. The gay community, which has a statistically higher track record of new HIV infections, has many members who believe that the tattoos are about taking a negative situation and making it positive. They are often individuals who do not believe in being victims, and focus on being survivors.