Canada: Warning for Clients of Coleman, Alberta, Piercing Shop

Alberta Health Services is advising clients of a now-closed piercing parlor -- the Victor Proctor piercing operation, located inside Tommy Gun Tattoos in the southern Alberta town of Coleman -- to be tested for blood-borne viruses. The unapproved service was shut down shortly after a routine inspection by AHS. "The Victor Proctor piercing operation did not have proper sterilization processes in place, meaning individuals who received piercings at this operation may have been exposed to viruses such as hepatitis B and C and HIV," said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, medical officer of health. "To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in piercing and other procedures where the skin is broken must be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized according to health standards, or be a single-use item." The piercing business was run independently from Tommy Gun Tattoos, which was inspected and approved. Those in need of testing should telephone 403-380-6664.