Health Department fears spread of disease after shutdown of illegal tattoo operation

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. – After investigating a tip, the Kent County Health Department in partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department have shut down operations at VIP2 at 456 Leonard Street over allegations of unlicensed tattoo practices.

On Thursday, the departments served their second cease and desist letter to an unidentified person believed to be an employee at the establishment. At this time, additional legal action is pending following the results of the ongoing investigation.

Worried over the suspected illegal practices, the department is offering free and confidential HIV testing for anyone who received body art services from the unlicensed business. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for confidential testing, call (616)-632-7171.

KCHD is encouraging anyone with information about this or any other unlicensed body art operations to call them at (616)-632-7100.

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