Commercial Tattooing as a Potentially Important Source of Hepatitis C Infection: Clinical Epidemiology of 626 Consecutive Patients Unaware of Their Hepatitis C Serologic Status

@article{Haley2001CommercialTA,
  title={Commercial Tattooing as a Potentially Important Source of Hepatitis C Infection: Clinical Epidemiology of 626 Consecutive Patients Unaware of Their Hepatitis C Serologic Status},
  author={Robert W. Haley and Robert P. Fischer},
  journal={Medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={80},
  pages={134-151}
}
Tattooing in commercial tattoo parlors is known to transmit blood-borne viral infections, including hepatitis C virus (HCV), in other countries, but its contribution to the high population prevalence of HCV infection in the United States has been incompletely evaluated. Risk factors for blood-borne infection were assessed by physician's interview of 626 consecutive patients undergoing medical evaluation for spinal problems in 1991 and 1992 while unaware of their HCV status. Later all were… 
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