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Hepatitis From Tattooing

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis C Linked to Tattoo Ink

Fritz Francois, M.D., a researcher from New York University Langone Medical Center, reports that people with hepatitis C are four times more likely to have tattoos, regardless of other risk factors. The estimate is based on a study of 2,000... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Amateur Tattoos Carry Hepatitis C Risk: CDC

Tattoos applied by non-professionals appear to carry a risk of hepatitis C virus infection, says a new report from CDC. However, no increased risk of HCV infection was found for tattoos and piercings received in professional parlors, according to an... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: HIV, Hepatitis Tests Urged After Unlicensed Tattoo Parlors Closed in Calgary

After receiving tips from the public, Calgary health officials shut down seven unlicensed tattoo and piercing parlors during recent investigations. Officials said customers of the establishments listed below should seek testing for hepatitis C and... Read more »
Ask the Experts

hepatitis virus lifespan in bottle of tattoo ink

If a bottle of tattoo ink is contaminated with the hepatitus virus, how long can it survive?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Difficult to say since there are no data.If you are concerned about a potential exposure, I would get tested.... Read more »

hep c and tattoos

I have two tattoos that I got at a reputable shop. I have been reading a lot about hepatitis c and tattoos. I was wondering if I am at high risk for catching this disease...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Most tatoo shops follow appropriate use of equipment so that transmission of hepatitis C via this route does not occur. If you are at all concerned about how the tatoo was administered, you can always request baseline testing. However I fully expect... Read more »

tattoos

I have tattoos, and have been tested for hepatitis before, tested negative. How long does it take to infect the body? Exactly what are the symptoms of hepatitis anyway?...
Michael Fried, M.D.

Response from Michael Fried, M.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tattoos have not been strongly associated with the spread of hepatitis C, however, it is likely that it can occur with the right combination of conditions. HBV and HCV will generally become detectable by antibody tests 6 weeks (or sooner) to 6... Read more »

TATTOO SCARE

I HAD A TATTOO IN SEPTEMBER,IN JANUARY I WAS TESTED FOR HEP C, IT CAME BACK NEGATIVE. DO I NEED TO BE RETESTED, OR IS IT SAFE TO SAY I DON'T HAVE IT....
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
You did the test early to detect hepatitis C antibody,may take up to a year to be detectable.The risks of tattoos,have been shown to be very remote for Hep.C.You should always request clean disposable needles and ink.... Read more »
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Tattoo and body piercing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello my friends. I have a question. Can you get hiv from body piercing or tattoo? I had unprotected sex with someone who had tattoos on his hands. What is the % of infected people who got the disease from tattoos? Read more »

HIV In Prisons-MYTHS-Tattooing

Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
Read the part about Tattoos.



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by Laura Whitehorn



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Hepatitis risk

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
unprotected sex with man with homemade tattoos and professional tattoos. What do I do? Read more »

Tattoo and me

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello, I'm 16 going on 17 and I want to get a tattoo for my birthday. I am HIV positive. I'm wondering if there can be any complication towards me if I get a tattoo. I am of course aware that I need to go to a safe sterile professional environment... Read more »