October 22, 2013: Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has received information
pertaining to a home-based tattoo operation being run out of a home in Aylmer located
in the complex of 50 Melanie Drive.
This location has not participated in routine inspections by the Health Unit and
there is no information available concerning what instruments have been used and
whether or not the appropriate sterilization has occurred prior to their use.
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has served orders in accordance with the provincial
Health Protection and Promotion Act to cease any further operation of the home-based
tattoo business in order to prevent the possible spread of any communicable infection
from person to person.
Individuals who have received any tattoos from this home-based tattoo operation
are at an increased risk of contracting skin infections and other communicable infections,
such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV and are advised to be tested for infections
that may have spread through unsanitary tattoo procedures.
Individual testing can be arranged at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, 99 Edward
Street in St. Thomas, Ontario. Alternatively, individuals may attend the monthly
drop in clinic held in Aylmer at 424 Talbot St., Unit 2, basement, Aylmer, Ontario.
Please contact the clinical service team at 519-631-9900 option #3 to learn about
clinic schedule and hours.
Additionally, individuals may also be tested at their family physician's office.
Public Health provides services to area residents, professionals and businesses
throughout Elgin County. Some of these services include:
- Clinical services ranging from dental services to sexual health
- Home visits for parents by public health nurses and parent resource workers
- Inspections and consultations by public health inspectors
- Skill building and education sessions
- Partnerships to promote and support healthy communities
For more information about Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, please visit us at www.elginhealth.on.ca