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Tattooed individuals prone to Hepatitis C

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A recently conducted research study has revealed that tattoo could be one of the prime causes of prevalence of hepatitis C among youth. The research study has been conducted by a team of researchers from University of British Columbia who has claimed that unhygienic conditions under which tattoos are done can be held responsible for the disease spreading.

According to www.sify.com, the diseases like hepatitis C and other such blood-borne diseases are generally found among youth as also among prisoners who ink their bodies.

As reported by www.physorg.com, about 12 percent to 25 percent infections of hepatitis C are found among tattooed individuals in comparison to mere six percent non-tattooed general population.

Speaking about the findings, lead researcher Dr. Siavash Jafari said: “Since tattoo instruments come in contact with blood and bodily fluids, infections may be transmitted if instruments are used on more than one person without being sterilized or without proper hygiene techniques.”

He went on to add that tattoo ink is not kept in sterile bottles which becomes a source of transmitting infections. He said “Clients and the general public need to be educated on the risks associated with tattooing, and tattoo artists need to discuss harms with clients.”

The report was published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Celebrities who have battled Hepatitis C include Natasha Lyonne, Pamela Anderson and Natalie Cole.

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