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A study conducted on a predominately military population found that those infected with HCV were three times more likely to have a tattoo as their risk factor.

Dhalla S, et al
"Strong Association Between Tattoos and HCV Virus Infection: A Multicenter Study of 3,871 Patients" AASLD Meeting 2007; Abstract 136 presented Nov. 5.

Conclusion: "The HCV infected population (veterans) was 3 times more likely to have a tattoo."

Still today there's pressure from command on service members to tattoo current duty station/unit logo on their body.

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Body Modifications

2004 CDC Risk Factors Position-Any percutaneous exposure has the potential for transferring infectious blood and potentially transmitting bloodborne pathogens (e.g., HBV, HCV, or HIV); however, no data exist
Concerns about body piercing Last month, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., expressed concern about a growing number of hepatitis C cases, linking the increase in part to body piercings and tattoos.
Jury sides with HCV victim ...the lawsuit is believed to be the first time nationally that the issue has gone to trial, allowing a jury to make the link...
Tattoo RiskFactor ...those who had a tattoo had a 6.5-fold higher risk of testing positive for hepatitis C...

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