Tattoos carry hepatitis C risk


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Tattoos carry hepatitis C risk

If you're planning on getting a tattoo, make sure it's from a professional and not a friend because ink work by amateurs may carry a risk of Hepatitis C, says a new report.

In an analysis of several dozen past studies, researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that tattoos from non-professionals appear to increase the risk of a possible bloodborne liver infection.

By contrast, there is no evidence that tattoos done by professionals carried such a risk.

Hepatitis C remains a major public health problem in the US with between 75% and 85% of people infected with the disease developing chronic infection that can lead to serious diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

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