Health officials are asking anyone who got a tattoo from a home-based operation called Discount Tattoo to get tested for viruses like Hepatitis and HIV. According to Alberta Health Services, the business located at 224 7A St. N.E. was not meeting health and safety standards.
“This particular home-based tattoo operation did not have proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place, meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses, including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV,” Dr. Judy MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health with the Calgary Zone of AHS, said in a statement.
AHS said anyone who received tattoos at Discount Tattoo or from the operator, Ryan Kinsella, should call Health Link at 811 to arrange for testing.
Discount Tattoo was shut down by AHS on Jan. 28. Kinsella is not permitted to offer tattoo services while the closure order is in place.
Tattoo operations are regularly inspected by AHS Environmental public health. To check on a facility’s recent inspection record, call 403-943-2288. Closure orders issued by AHS are also posted online at: www.ahs.ca/eph.asp.