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.
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.
Labels: personal stories, transmission, unsafe practices