Getting a body tattoo could be considered a form of self-expression.
But for City Councilor Henry Gadiano, it should only be applicable to persons of legal age. If he were to ask, minors should “postpone” expressing themselves through body tattoo until they reach 18 and matured enough to decide not on impulse or out of a capricious whim.
Gadiano on Monday filed at the City Council a related ordinance aimed at protecting minors from getting communicable infectious diseases when tattooed using an unsterilized needle.
“The popularity of body piercing has noticeably increased since they were first introduced to the public. However, body piercing may carry health risks, including infection and allergic reactions,” he said in his explanatory note.
Gadiano added that these infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), “could be transmitted via the use of unsterilized piercing equipment.”
“How can the HIV be passed from one person to another? It’s through blood when a person bleeds when pierced with an infected needle. So they (minors) can be victims,” he told Palawan News.
Aside from HIV, minors are also at risk of getting surface infections of the skin, herpes simplex virus, tetanus, fungal infections and other forms of hepatitis.
“Young people are copycats. At their age, their decision-making skill isn’t fully developed yet. They imitate others even at the cost of their health,” he added.
Body piercer or body piercing shop owners can be fined P5,000 and/or imprisoned for three months when found violating this proposed ordinance.
Gadiano’s ordinance has been referred to the City Council’s health committee for discussion.
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