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Plan Backfires-
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Cotant v. Principi, 17 Vet.App. 116, 134 (2003),

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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.

Warning this picture is very graphic...

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 piercingLast 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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