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August 09, 2010

Tattooing leads to Hepatitis C & blood-borne diseases

According to a latest study, tattooing the body parts can lead to Hepatitis C & other blood-borne diseases.

The researchers at University of British Columbia found that during tattooing the skin is punctured 80 to 150 times per second to inject the color pigments. And since the instruments & the tattoo dyes are not kept in sterile containers are not properly sterilized so there are greater chances of transmitting infections as they directly come in contact with blood & bodily fluids, infections may be transmitted one person to the other through those instruments.

Furthermore tattooing includes allergic reactions, HIV, hepatitis B, bacterial or fungal infections, & other risks associated with tattoo removal. According to records 12 - 25% of the tattooed people in Canada are suffering from hepatitis C infections. In Canada, 12 - 25% of Hepatitis C infections among prisoners are associated with tattooed individuals, compared to 6% of the general population. This can be a major problem of the present society so it has become important for the Clients & the general public to be aware about the risks associated with tattooing, & tattoo artists need to discuss about its harms with their clients & they should also take precautions before tattooing.

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