Hepatitis C, a highly contagious disease can now spread through tattooing. Find out how.
According to a report by the New York University Langone Medical Center, people with Hepatitis C virus are four times more likely to be having a tattoo than others. In the study, 2,000 with tattoos were interviewed by researchers about their tattoos and hepatitis status. It was found that 34% of the people who had hepatitis had a tattoo compared with 12% of those who did not have the infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about 3.2 million people in the US have hepatitis C and many do not even know that they have the disease because of the lack of symptoms in the initial stages.
[Read: Tips to Prevent Hepatitis C]
Hepatitis C, which can travel from person to person via infected blood, is a major cause of liver cancer and liver transplants in the US. Of the total percentage of people infected, 70% are likely to develop chronic liver disease and up to 5% are likely to die from liver cancer or cirrhosis.
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