The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) is urging anyone who received a tattoo from Lady Unlucky at 73 Fifth Avenue in St. Thomas to get blood tested.
ESTPH officials conducted an investigation of the uninspected home-based tattoo business after receiving a tip from the public. Lady Unlucky was immediately ordered to shut down.
Officials say they cannot be sure appropriate infection control practices were in place while it was operating so they’re asking anyone who received body art at Lady Unlucky to get their blood tested.
The risk of spreading blood borne infections – like Hepatitis B or C and HIV – through inadequate sterilization of tattooing equipment is low but it’s still important to get tested especially since some people can have infections and not notice any symptoms. ESTPH offers free and confidential testing for blood borne infections.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no reports of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV transmission from equipment used at Lady Unlucky.