The Pulaski Police Department is warning local citizens of the health dangers of illegal tattooing.
The Department released the following statement:
PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE
The Pulaski Police Department wants to warn residents of the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County about illegal tattooing that is causing a public health concern. The Department was notified by officials from the Virginia Department of Health from the New River Health District about suspected illegal and unlicensed tattooing that has been and is occurring in Pulaski that has infected victims with acute Hepatitis C. If, you have received a tattoo from an unlicensed tattoo artist, especially from someone in the Meadowview apartments area, you should contact the Virginia Department of Health or other medical facility and be tested for this disease. Anyone with information on suspected unlicensed tattoo artists should contact their local Police Department or Sheriffs Office.
VA Code 18.2-371.3
Tattooing and body piercing is illegal without compliance with the Center for Diease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for “Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions” and providing the client with certain disclosures. It is also illegal to tattoo or body pierce for hire or consideration on a person less than 18 years of age without a parent or guardian being present.