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Can getting a tattoo or piercing give you hepatitis C?

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Only use a licensed tattoo or piercing artist who follows sanitary procedures. For example, a new, disposable needle and ink well should be used for each customer. Ask about their disposable products and sanitary procedures before getting a tattoo or piercing.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management."

CDC: "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease."

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine: "U.S. hepatitis C cases down sharply since 1980s."

The Hepatitis C Trust: "Living with Hepatitis C: Transmission Prevention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management."

CDC: "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease."

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine: "U.S. hepatitis C cases down sharply since 1980s."

The Hepatitis C Trust: "Living with Hepatitis C: Transmission Prevention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

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