Recently the Cherokee County Board of Health has been made aware of tattooing occurring within Cherokee County in an unsafe manner.
Iowa Law requires that all tattoo artists and establishments be inspected yearly. Licensing and inspection is necessary to ensure that the artist establishment is practicing safe and sterile techniques.
The Board of Health issues this warning:
People should be aware there are no licensed and inspected tattoo parlors in Cherokee County.
The Board asks if you or anyone you know has received a tattoo recently in Cherokee County, there is an increased risk of communicable disease.
Using needles and equipment that are improperly sterilized places the person receiving the tattoo at a higher risk for blood-borne communicable diseases and/or infections. These include, but are not limited to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C and HIV can take up to six months to show positive after an exposure. Hepatitis B can show positive in less time.
The Board recommends if an unlicensed tattoo artist has tattooed you, you should consult with your physician and consider getting tested for communicable diseases.
For more information, pleas contact your local physician, Cherokee County Environmental Health at 225-6721, or the Cherokee Regional Medical Center Public Health Agency at 225-6459.