Tattoos and Diseases

The fact of tattoos spreading deadly diseases is nothing new. A tattooing machine can puncture 3,000 times in minute and every prick is a welcome to fatal diseases. Hundreds of customers get tattoos in a single parlor in a day. Many of the customers receiving a tattoo are drug-users, criminals, rock artists, deviants and homosexuals who just happen to be the major carriers of the deadly blood-borne diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis. So 100% chances are there that you can be infected by a deadly disease, if you go for a tattoo.

An alarming research study recently published by Dr. Bob Haley and Dr. Paul Fischer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas uncovered that the “innocent” commercial tattoo may be the number one distributor of hepatitis C. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.”

There is a documented case of a 22-year-old grocery store employee who simply received his $45 tattoo. And four weeks later – needed a liver transplant! (Mryna L. Armstrong and Lynne Kelly, Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Branding Are on the Rise, The Journal of School Nursing, Feb. 2001, Vol 17 No. 1, p.15)

The most dangerous risk involved with tattooing is that, you may infected by HIV- the virus that causes AIDS,, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, tetanus, tuberculosis, bacterial skin infections or dermatitis if proper precautions aren’t followed.

In spite of serious concern about AIDS, the most potential risk of tattooing is still Hepatitis B. The hepatitis B virus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted from the customer to the tattoo artist if the tattoo artist accidentally sticks himself with a contaminated needle, or from one customer to another if needles and tubes are not properly sterilized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has not been a documented case of HIV transmission from a tattoo. However doctors strictly warn that non-sterile tattooing practices can lead to the transmission HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, tetanus, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Since tattoo instruments come in contact with blood and bodily fluids, diseases may be transmitted if the instruments are used on more than one person without being sterilized. If all the sterilization and sanitation procedures are followed correctly in tattooing, risks for disease transmission are relatively low. Serious other infections can occur after tattooing, if proper aftercare steps are not followed.