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
“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.