Hepatitis B & C are both highly infectious viruses.
Both can live outside of the body for weeks.
- Dispose of Sharps/Needles/Biohazard Properly: New York State Department of Health Sharps-Needle Disposal Instructions
- Practice Harm Reduction. Never share needles or anything that could have blood on it, such as razors, straight edge blades, diabetic equipment or toothbrushes.
- Practice Safer Sex. Use condoms every time. Avoid sex involving blood and tearing of tissues (skin).
- Cover cuts, sores, & wounds so that others do not come in contact with you blood or bodily fluids
- Ensure infection control is maintained in Body Art procedures: Tatooing & Piercing. Ask the following 5 questions* when getting a tattoo or piercing:
- Do you use only new needles?
- Do you use new ink caps for each client?
- Do you sterilize all equipment that may come in contact with blood?
- Do you wear single-use latex gloves?
- Do you cover fresh tattoos to prevent infection or hepatitis B or C virus transmission?
- Infection Control Course for Body Artist - Provided through NYC Department of Health
- Transmission of hepatitis C virus infection through tattooing and piercing: a critical review by Rania A. Tohme & Scott D. Holmberg
- The Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC)
- One and Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. Unsafe injection practices and inadequate infection control procedures have led to outbreaks of hepatitis and bacterial infections nationwide, and this campaign aims to eliminate these outbreaks through education.
- “Be Smart With Body Art” Video by the UC Davis Cancer Center-Sacramento State University Partnership, in association with young adult cancer survivors and tattoo and piercing professionals
- Color Me Yellow: Hepatitis and the Art of Tattoo by Charles Daniel
- Hepatitis and Tattoos gives information on safety and education
- Should I Tattoo gives summarizes studies and recommendations from science journals and government agencies