State officials are warning anyone who may have been tattooed or pierced at the 2nd Look Ink shop to get tested for hepatitis and HIV.
The Delaware Division of Public Health says the shop on West 4th Street was operating without a permit and violated regulations under Title 16 of the Delaware Code. They learned about the illegal operation after a customer of the shop reported it to the state after getting a tattoo there.
Health officials say anyone who received services at the shop should contact their doctor to get evaulated for diseases that may have been transmitted through unsterile equipment.
The state has extensive regulations covering body art establishments that are posted online. Because of the invasive nature of body art, tattoo and piercing equipment must be rigorously cleaned and sanitized. Failure to do so could lead to serious health problems.
Anyone with questions about the health risks or disease testing services can call the DPH Bureau of Epidemiology at 302-744-1033.