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Tattoos & Deadly Hepatitis C! Do YOU Have It?
Tattoos Increase Risk of Hepatitis C
In a review of 124 studies across 30 countries, it was found that people with tattoos were three times more likely to contract Hepatitis C as those without tattoos. So says the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver.
Additionally it was found that in those who did not inject drugs, but used drugs, the chance of contracting the disease increased six-fold. The study was published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Tattoos: How Hepatitis C Is Spread!
It's estimated that 36% of Americans under the age of 30 have tattoos, but they are not exclusive to this age group. If you or someone you know has a tattoo, then you need to be checked for Hepatitis C!
The disease is spread by tattoo artists and parlors who use less than sterile techniques and share needles among clients without prior sterilization. Most times, tattoo dyes are not kept in sterile containers. This is a breeding ground for the disease to spread.
Hepatitus C: The Silent Killer
Hepatitis C is an insidious disease with very few symptoms, while those who experience symptoms, because they are flu-like, may disregard them all together. Many suffer no symptoms at all, which is why you must be checked for the disease.
If you have tattoos, have been an injectable drug user, or non-injectable drug user (shared a cocaine straw, for example), even if you only experimented one time, you need to be checked for this terrible disease!
Hepatitus C attacks the liver, building up scar tissue as it goes, eventually leading to cirrhosis of the liver, a deadly disease!
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
If you have a tattoo, if you have tried drugs--even once--and injected them into your body, or shared cocaine, etc. you MUST be tested for this disease!
Treatment is lengthy, but is successful in 50% of the cases and new treatments are on the horizon.
What are you waiting for? If you fall within one of these high-risk groups, call your doctor immediately!