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Thinking About Getting a Tattoo? Think Again

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Davis says he and the five artists he employs have all been tested for hepatitis B and have current vaccinations. They have not, however, been tested for hepatitis C, but he plans to change that. "I didn't know about this but now that I do, I will be tested. I would like to live to a ripe old age and to see my kids graduate from college, so I want to stay healthy," says Davis.

Husband and wife Hugh O'Donnell and Jenny Grospitch, both 30, say they are very happy with their 5-year-old tattoos. The Lakewood, Ohio couple says they did ask their tattoo artist about safety practices.

"We picked this place because it had a good reputation for safe practices and because the artist could do original designs," says Grospitch. She says she doesn't plan to get any more tattoos, but O'Donnell says he plans to get at least one more.

Asked about hepatitis C, both Grospitch and O'Donnell said they had never heard about it. However, Grospitch, O'Donnell, and Blackmarr all tell WebMD that they will now be tested for hepatitis C.

As O'Donnell puts it, "Of course, I'll get tested. It would be stupid not to. But I'm still going to get another tattoo."

If you have a tattoo and want to find out whether you've been exposed to hepatitis C, you can ask your doctor about getting your blood tested.

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