Tattoos & Piercing November 2015
Health Info prepared by Public HealthNovember 2015
Before you take the plunge, be aware of the risks! Piercing and tattooing break your skin and make you vulnerable to skin infections, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and more. Piercing can lead to nerve damage, causing numbness or loss of feeling. The ink and jewelry used can cause allergic reactions in some people.
What to look for in a good studio: • The studio is clean; • You’ve heard good things about the place; • The studio uses only new,sterilized needles; • The tattooist/piercer wears new gloves for each person; • The ink and ink containers have never been used; • Therazorsarenewand thrown away after use.
What to look in a good studio: • Piercing guns are not used for body piercing; • A sharpscontaineris available; • The studio has a spore test certificate.
Advice • Piercing and tattooing shouldneverbe done at home.See a professional. • If you’re not really sure, take some time to think about it, as tattoos are permanentand piercings may leave permanentscars.
One last thing… • Many young people use piercing and tattooing to express their personal style…Make sure that you’rewell informed before making this decision.