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What Are The Laws With Tattooing And Hepatitis C Are There Any Laws
Tatoos: There are at least 3 forms of viral hepatitis, a, b, and c. Vaccines are available for a and b. All can be transmitted by dirty needles, and some by food and sexual exposure. Tatoo parlours use needles to inject the dye into the skin, to make the tatoo, and so brand new sterile needles must be used on every client, and proper sterilization must be used in the facility to prevenf spread of disease. ...Read more
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
Regardless..: Have the inker show you the unopened plastic capsules that contain the ink, and the needle in the paper wrap in which it was autoclaved. Friends have told me what sound like good rules for tattoos -- none before you are 30, and only the tattoo that you have wanted for five years. Fraternity / sorority tattoos work best on the inner ankles; conspicuous tattoos may affect your getting a job. ...Read more
Yes: You are only at risk is universal infection precautions are not carried out. Ie. Sterilization, disposable needles, etc. Homemade or prison tattoos where the sharing of needles or ink is common is a common source of hepatitis c transmission. Be sure to ensure that your tatoo parlor uses proper sanitary precautions and techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uncommon: Businesses that offer tattoos know they need to adhere to strict infection control procedures. You should see that they are using fresh, unopened supplies. What we really worry about are home-made tattoos, especially done in groups, or in jails/prisons. Here, even small amounts of blood from one person could be transmitted (along with hepatitis c or b for that matter) to someone else. ...Read more
DependsOnWhereYouGo: Only if the needle used has infected blood on it If you go to a reputable place where they use a brand new needle and throw away after the use and also the ink is discarded And for next person same is practiced than you will not get infected with HepC But if same needle and ink is used there is a good risk of getting HepC ...Read more
No cancer, hepC--yes: There has never been a report showing tattooing causes cancer, but definitely hepc--yes. Hepc is transmitted because of dirty-needles; the artist may use the same needle used on a hepc positive person, thus can transmit the hepc to you. So, if the needle is sanitized or using a clean/new needle, you won't get hepc from tattooing. So, get tattoo at a clean place! good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe related or not: Fluid retention in the setting of chronic hepatitis c raises concern for "third spacing" of fluid or leakage from blood vessels due to low proteins. Such the case is often seen in patients with very sick livers. However, fluid retention in your mother-in-law's case may have little to do with her liver disease, & may reflect heart/vessel &/or kidney problems. Doctor needs to see her please asap. ...Read more
Yes: It is usually diagnosed after finding elevated liver enzymes indicating injury. There are specific tests that find antibodies to the virus, and more specific tests that show how much virus is present in the body. Liver scans or ultrasounds can show if the liver is damaged and/or scarred. The ultimate gold-standard test is a liver biopsy, where a needle is inserted under imaging to get tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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