Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Australia: Hepatitis Victoria’s 'Hep hero' John Kenney presses point

“Listen, or learn the hard way.” That’s the message hepatitis survivor John Kenney has for Brimbank’s young people about disease prevention.

The 59-year-old is one of Hepatitis Victoria’s ‘Hep Heroes’. Something of a human canvas, he uses his striking body art to promote the importance of needle hygiene.

Recent figures from Hepatitis Victoria show Brimbank had the highest rate of hepatitis B diagnosis in Victoria in 2012 and the second- highest number of hepatitis C diagnoses.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tat's not right! Impulse inking gave carefree woman life-threatening hepatitis C

A RASH decision in her 20s gave Teresa Jacques hepatitis C and eventually threatened her life

AT the time Teresa Jacques thought having a tattoo of a flower on her shoulder would be fun. It was 1979, she was in her mid–20s and recently single following a divorce. The former hotel receptionist didn't give a second thought to any possible risks but looking back, she now shudders at the state of the studio in King's Cross, London.

"It wasn't very clean," says Teresa. "I can still remember the tattooist dipping the needles in a glass of Scotch and shouting 'Next!' I regretted it immediately because it hurt so much."

Later, in 1993, when Teresa decided to give blood for the first time to mark her 40th birthday, the tattoo came back to haunt her.




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beware a holiday pedi may leave you with hep C

High risk in the Asia-Pacific region

Getting a tattoo, a bellybutton ring or even a pedicure can seem a great idea while on holiday, but you may end up bringing home something more sinister than just some body ink or brightly coloured nails.

Experts working in the area of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are predicting a jump in the number of people contracting the viruses overseas because of the types of activities Australians are enjoying abroad.

“What we want all Australians to know before they head off on their overseas holiday is that any activity in which the skin is pierced can lead to infection with hepatitis – and, yes, that can include pedicures, tattoos and piercings, and even getting dental work done abroad,” Hepatitis Australia’s CEO Helen Tyrell says. 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don't Get More Than Just a Tattoo


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Inks Used in Certain Tattoo Kits Cause Infections

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became aware of a problem after testing inks in home use tattoo kits marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. FDA has confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles of the company’s inks.

According to Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, using these inks for tattoos could cause infection. “FDA has confirmed one case of skin infection involving a consumer that used this company’s tattoo products,” Katz says, “and we are aware of other reports linked to tattoo products with similar packaging.”


Saturday, August 2, 2014

At the sharp end

Home tattooists are the new front line of a rapidly morphing war against hepatitis C. There is no vaccine for the disease which is causing liver cancer at an alarming rate. Otago hep C patients, tattoo artists and health advocates are among those calling for nationwide changes that could see this long-stigmatised virus eradicated within our lifetime, writes Bruce Munro. 

Angela Stenersen is about to begin a year-long treatment to try to rid her body of hepatitis C. The trainee Dunedin photographer will be taking daily doses of drugs so powerful she will not be able to study. It is the price she is paying for going under the gun of a home tattooist.

On 37-year-old skin that has been the canvas for plenty of elaborate body art, the small Rolling Stones tongue and lips tattoo is as amateurish as it is seemingly innocuous.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Upcoming Webinar Tuesday, May 13 - Temporary Tattoos: Raising Consumer Awareness of Safety

Summer vacation is on the way.  Time to pack your swim suit, hit the beach, and perhaps indulge in a little harmless fun.  How about getting a temporary tattoo to mark the occasion? What’s the harm? 

Just because a tattoo is temporary, however, doesn't mean it’s risk free. Some consumers report reactions that may be severe and long outlast the temporary tattoos themselves. The risk varies, depending on what’s in the ink. In this webinar, you will learn about different kinds of temporary tattoos and important safety information. 

The webinar will be presented by chemist Bhakti Petigara Harp, Ph.D., and epidemiologist Katherine Hollinger, D.V.M., M.P.H. Chemist John Gasper, B.S., M.A., J.D. will moderate the presentation. All three are with FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC). 


  • Moderator: John Gasper, B.S., M.A., J.D.. a chemist with OCAC's Cosmetics Division.
  • Featured Speaker: Bhakti Petigara Harp, Ph.D., a chemist with OCAC's Colors Technology Team, and Katherine Hollinger, D.V.M, M.P.H., an epidemiologist with OCAC's Cosmetics Division


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