Multiple tattoos raise risk of contracting infections

08/9/2010 | Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), The

Canadian researchers who reviewed 124 studies from 30 countries, including the U.S., said those with multiple tattoos have a higher chance of being infected with diseases than those with fewer tattoos. A bigger tattoo requires more punctures for color pigments, which exposes the individual to a higher risk of getting blood-borne infection, the lead author of the study said. Six percent of all Canadian hepatitis C cases come from the use of contaminated needles during the application of a tattoo.

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