Tattoo clients urged to get tested for hepatitis and HIV
Downtown Edmonton tattooist used dirty equipment, health officials say
Health officials are warning anyone who received a tattoo at a downtown Edmonton home to be tested for hepatitis and HIV.
The business at #301, 10724 – 105 Street, which was never inspected, used unsanitary tattoo procedures, said Dr. Chris Sikora, Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health.
"We were able to do a complete inspection and found that the sanitary conditions were unacceptable for current standards and regulations for delivery of tattoos in any situation," he said.
AHS ordered the business closed on March 21. Clients are advised to get tested for illnesses like Hepatitis and HIV.
Areol Leason, who says she's the fiance of the tattoo artist, says that he used sterile and there was no reason for AHS to intervene.
"Nobody's being affected by his hobby," she told CBC News.
Worried clients can call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465 (LINK) to arrange for testing.
To confirm that a tattoo operation in the city is inspected, people can call AHS Environmental Public Health at 780-735-1800.