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Body Modification

Originally broadcast December 19, 2008

Body modifications such as piercing, tattoos, and indoor tanning have become very popular in recent years, especially among teenagers and young adults. However these body altering practices are associated with real health risks. During this program, you will be introduced to different types of body modifications and the health risks associated with them. Interviews with local health departments and people who perform these body modifications will provide insight into the different health risks and the steps that can be taken to minimize them.

Program Objectives:

  • Describe several types of body modifications
  • Identify health risks associated with body art facilities, equipment and application of body modifications
  • List three infection control practices associated with body art modifications
  • Describe why indoor tanning is a public health concern

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