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I get tattoos, am I more at risk for hepatitis b?

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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Just like any other invasive procedure - if the guy pricking your skin has something - you have a chance of getting it -.

In brief: Yes

Just like any other invasive procedure - if the guy pricking your skin has something - you have a chance of getting it -.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Because hepatitis b is a bloodborn virus, any activity that risks contact with other people's blood is a risk.
Traditionally tattoo parlors and those who do tattoos without proper training have been a concern. Awareness of proper sterilization techniques has increased, so using a reputable, certified tattoo shop conveys less risk than previously.

In brief: Yes

Because hepatitis b is a bloodborn virus, any activity that risks contact with other people's blood is a risk.
Traditionally tattoo parlors and those who do tattoos without proper training have been a concern. Awareness of proper sterilization techniques has increased, so using a reputable, certified tattoo shop conveys less risk than previously.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: 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 b transmission. Be sure to ensure that your tattoo parlor uses proper sanitary precautions and techniques.

In brief: 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 b transmission. Be sure to ensure that your tattoo parlor uses proper sanitary precautions and techniques.
Dr. Lance Stein
Dr. Lance Stein
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