Potential use of unsanitary tattoo equipment and risk of bloodborne infections

YELLOWKNIFE January 22, 2018 - The office of the Chief Public Health Officer has been made aware that an unlicensed tattoo artist may be practicing in Yellowknife, offering services in private homes.

Tattoo services require sterile equipment and a sanitary environment to prevent transmission of skin infections and bloodborne systemic infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Individuals who have recently received tattoos from an unlicensed tattoo artist are advised to contact the Yellowknife Public Health unit (867) 767-9120 to arrange to be counseled and offered testing for the above diseases.

Currently, the only licensed tattoo/piercing premises in Yellowknife is Harley’s Hardrock Shirt Shack.

If you are thinking of getting a tattoo ensure that it is done safely.

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For more information contact:

Damien Healy
Manager Communications
Health and Social Services
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034