Navigation Links
Hepatitis C Testing Recommended for Anyone with a Tattoo
Date:10/19/2007

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The connection between tattoos and hepatitis C virus (HCV) has long been suspected but never completely substantiated. Tattoos and the connection to the disease were clouded by a perceived propensity to other risk factors, such as injection drug use. "Other studies did not exclude patients with other risk factors for hepatitis C," explains principal investigator Dr. Edmund Bini, "which made it difficult to assess the association between HCV and tattoos. The strength of that association surprised us."

Researchers in New York studied 3871 people, approximately half of whom were control subjects. Patients with HCV were more likely to have had one or more tattoos, and this remained so even after adjusting for age, sex and race/ethnicity.

Patients with tattoos but also with traditional risk factors for HCV -- injection drug use and drug transfusion prior to 1992 -- were excluded from the final analysis of the data of the remaining 1887 patients with tattoos and no other risk factors for HCV, patients with HCV were approximately three times more likely to have had tattoos. This connection was significant even after, once again, adjusting for age, sex, and race/ethnicity.

The researchers concluded that all patients with tattoos should be tested for HCV. "It helps to be able to identify patients early who are eligible for treatment," said Dr. Bini. This information will be further refined when they complete analysis of assessing the risk of having multiple tattoos, as well as whether the patient received the tattoo in the US or abroad.

Abstract title:

Strong association between tattoos and hepatitis C virus infection: A multicenter study of 3,871 patients

AASLD is the leading medical organization for advancing the science and practice of hepatology. Founded by physicians in 1950, AASLD's vision is to prevent and cure liver diseases. This year's Liver Meeting, held in Boston, Massachusetts November 2-6, will bring together almost 5,000 researchers from 55 countries.

A pressroom will be available from November 3 at the annual meeting. Abstract and press release copies, or to arrange for pre-conference research interviews, contact Gregory Bologna, 703-299-9766. To pre-register, call Ann Tracy, 703-299-9766.

Press releases and abstracts available online at http://www.aasld.org.

This release was issued through The Xpress Press News Service, merging e- mail and satellite distribution technologies to reach business analysts and media outlets worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.XpressPress.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Tattoos may significantly increase risk of hepatitis C infection
2. Antidepressants come in handy for patients on treatment for hepatitis, cancers and multiple sclerosis
3. New Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis B
4. Hepatitis A Cases On A Steady Increase In Canterbury
5. Vitamin B for Hepatitis
6. Hepatitis G May Boost HIV Survival
7. Cure for Hepatitis B
8. Hepatitis E virus made impotent
9. Sharing injection equipment spreads Hepatitis C
10. Lymphomas Link to Hepatitis C
11. Hepatitis shots is promising
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the ... Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We ... new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental ... exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards took place ... BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to receive an ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set ... drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, ... traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association ... it will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance ... 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA ... the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer ... ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research and ... Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... for Companion Diagnostics The World Market for ... personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the ... Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, Binder, ... Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 Billion ... forecast period 2016 to 2021. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: