Tattooing may be the rage!

But, researchers from the University of British Columbia reviewed and analyzed 124 studies from 30 countries, including Canada, Iran, Italy, Brazil and the United States, and found the incidence of hepatitis C after tattooing is directly linked with the number of tattoos an individual receives. The findings are published in the current issue of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Other risks of tattooing identified by the study include allergic reactions, HIV, hepatitis B, bacterial or fungal infections, and other risks associated with tattoo removal. Comment: Public health experts have been aware of this problem for years and while trying to publicize it have found that and the establishment individuals like to express their views with multiple tattoos. Unfortunately this craze is disseminating itself among many of our young people and may be a harbinger of severe problems in the future. It is one more example of the inability of younger people to modify their behaviors to enhance their health.