The risk of contracting hepatitis C from a tattoo that you have made on the street, in jail or any place where not paying attention to safety has increased a lot and also the risk of contracting other diseases.
Most countries have laws about safe tattooing, but unfortunately many do not abide. That is why it is important when customers get tattooed, make sure that carefully observe safety measures. We can all participate in this by asking questions about safety, and ask to watch while professionals tattoo someone else. Another good way to ensure safety is to ask friends where they have made “safe” tattoo.
Most tattoo studios and their owners are very concerned about safety and want to be sure that their customers will not receive any kind of infection. They are eager to talk about what they do to ensure customer safety and prevent infection by disease.
If the tattoo is made by professionals the risk is minimal, specialists claim. The most important factor is sterile condition of the studio and tattoo-maker. Although there are many people who can make cheap tattoo on the street or your friends for example, be aware of the risk for your health.
Hepatitis B and AIDS
Around 18,000 new cases of hepatitis C are registered every year in the U.S. Most of them are connected with heroin, cocaine or other drug injection made with infected needles, report CDC.
Chronic infection is developed in 80% of the cases of hepatitis C and this can lead to serious liver problems – cirrhosis or even cancer.
Many times chronic hepatitis C stays unknown for a long time and statistics show that around 3.2 million Americans carry the diseases but have no symptoms.