Adolescent health brief| Volume 42, ISSUE 2, P201-203, February 2008

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Body Art (Body Piercing and Tattooing) among Undergraduate University Students: “Then and Now”



      To survey the prevalence of body art and incidence of medical complications among university students comparing results in 2001 and 2006.


      Students reported body piercings and tattoos and occurrence of medical complications.


      Prevalence of body piercing was 51% and tattooing 22%. Piercing medical complication incidence was 19%. No tattooing medical complications occurred.


      Body art is prevalent among undergraduate university students, with prevalence essentially unchanged during two consecutive 5-year samples. Medical complications occur frequently among those with piercings.


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