It has now become a fashion to get tattoos on the back or hands. Having a tattoo has become a style statement among the youngsters. But, beware of tattoo-ing. You may inadvertantly be exposed to the dangerous hepatitis B or C virus and even HIV,
Getting a permanent tattoo involves piercing the skin with a needle and injecting coloured ink in different designs. If the needle or the surroundings is infected, then the chances of transmission of the hepatitis virus goes up manifold.
According to Ajay K. Sachdev, head of surgical gastroenterology at the Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon, needles are not the only things that can cause transmission of the hepatitis virus or even HIV. The silent culprits are the expensive ink bottles in which the artist dips his needle time and again while doing the tattoo. Even if they use disposable syringes or fresh gloves, if an artist uses the same ink bottle for several clients, the chances of transmission of the virus increase.