- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Research has found that nearly a quarter of young adults in New York City have a body piercing somewhere other than an earlobe.

The New York Post (https://nyp.st/1sWCqr2) reported on the city Health Department’s findings Monday. The agency found that 21 percent of 25-to-44-year-olds are pierced with jewelry. That compares to 14 percent of all adults in the city.

Health officials asked about piercings in a phone survey as part of the city’s Community Health Survey in 2014. The city wants to know how widespread the practice of piercing is because it can spread blood-borne diseases.

By law, body artists must have a license and get training on preventing the spread of infections.

The Post says that jewelry made from gold, titanium and surgical steel reduces the risk of infection.

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