Amateur piercings, tattoos increase risk for hepatitis C

Reuters reports that according to an analysis conducted by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, tattoos and piercings made by amateurs may increase the risk for hepatitis C.

The article quotes medical epidemiologist Rania Tohme, MD, MPH, of the CDC, who stated in an email to Reuters, “Tattoos and piercings can transmit hepatitis C and other infections if performed under non-sterile conditions.”

Tohme emphasized, “People should not have tattoos or piercings done by friends or by people who are not trained professionals.”

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