Tattoos linked to an increased risk of hepatitis C, according to a study

Young people, prison inmates and people with tattoos that cover different parts of the main body are at greater risk of contracting hepatitis C and other blood borne diseases, according to a University of British Columbia study.The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association describes the activities to encourage speech and language.

Furthermore, tattoo dyes are not kept in sterile containers and may play a role as a vector in the transmission of infections, said Jafari. Customers and the general public must be educated about the risks associated with tattoos and tattoo artists need to discuss with customers during the night.

The chemical ingredients tattoo dyes can include painting the house, inkjet cartridges, or industrial carbon. The toxic content of some tattoo inks may enter the lympth kidney, lung and lymph through the circulatory system. The study also revealed a new trend among young people who get tattooed with ink glow in the dark, where the risks are not yet known.

Co-authors of the study include Assoc. Prof. Jane Buxton from SPPH and the BC Centre for Disease Control, Mahyar Etminan, a scientist at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation Vancouver General Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Dr. Ray Copes, clinical professor at SPPH and Dr. Souzan Baharlou with the Department of Urology, Children’s Hospital of BC

Since tattoo instruments come in contact with blood and body fluids, infections can be transmitted if instruments are used in more than one person without being sterilized or without proper hygiene techniques, says lead author Dr. Siavash Jafari Senior , resident in community medicine at the UBC School of Population and Public Health .

Other risks of tattooing identified by the study of allergic reactions, HIV, hepatitis B, bacterial or fungal infections, and other risks associated with tattoo removal.

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