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Pierced ear-lobes for earrings are very common among women and increasingly among men in high-income countries. Other variations of body piercing are a fashion or status symbol in some preliterate cultures, and a fad principally among adolescents and young adults in some sectors of society in rich industrial nations; these individuals have their ears, noses, eyebrows, tongues, nipples, and genitalia pierced and metal or plastic decorations inserted. Tattoos may be another feature of this custom, which may be most common among people outside the mainstream of society, who may have other behaviors, e.g., recreational drug use, that put them at risk of adverse health outcomes.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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