The teen said shortly after receiving the piercing she noticed that the area became inflamed and sores started to develop. She said after much prodding by friends she visited the doctor who told her she had contracted herpes.
“I am not sexually active. The doctor said that it’s a strain of genital herpes and that the needle was probably used to pierce someone else on their genital,” the teen told THE STAR. “When I went back to the man who pierced me, he told me that it’s normal for that to happen when one does lip piercing.”
Inside the shop was very dirty and used needles, which should have been discarded, were out in the open. During our visit, however, we did not see the artist use any of the needles that were out in the open to tattoo his client.
It is also alleged that some artists reuse ink.
Information reaching THE STAR is that the practice of recycling ink and needles is reportedly higher at events such as parties that offer the service for free, due to the rush and larger crowd.
Prominent medical doctor Jephthah Ford said artists reusing needles should face the full brunt of the law as they are putting the public’s health at risk.
“In the same way that food handler’s permit requires exam, the same should be done for these persons. They should undergo short courses in public health, many of them do not know about public health and hygiene and sterilisation,” he said. “They should also do blood tests for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.”Persons going to get tattoos should: ensure the shop is clean; ensure the artist uses a sealed needle; ensure the needles are properly disposed of and ensure that a fresh supply of ink is used.
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