In this day in age, what man doesn’t have at least one tattoo?
However, if you are interested in donating blood and you have one or more tattoos, here is everything that you need to know before going about the donation process.
Can You Donate Blood With a Tattoo?
The short answer is: yes.
As long as you meet all other requirements to donate blood, something as simple as a tattoo will not hold you back from doing so.
Whether you have a minimalist tattoo hidden somewhere the sun doesn’t shine, or are covered head to toe in detailed artwork, you are in no way being held back from going forward with donating blood.
Before you set up an appointment to donate blood or attend a donation event, make sure that you meet all other requirements to give blood. Unfortunately, there are many other requirements to meet before you can donate your plasma to a great cause. To make sure you meet all these other crazy standards, check out This Link which has a full list of requirements.
What Should You Know About Donating With a Tattoo?
While the short answer to if you can donate blood with tattoos is yes, there are a few boxes that you need to check first.
Tattoo Faculties come in all shapes and size. While this is awesome because of the variety provided, unfortunately some Tattoo Faculties are not regulated. Being unregulated means that the state does not visit the actual locations and make sure that all equipment and procedures are completely safe and sanitary.
At this point in time, a large majority of U.S. states do regulate their Tattoo Faculties. If the state you live in does regulate their Tattoo Faculties, then that is it – you’re done! Go ahead and donate. However, if your state does not have regulation policies for their Tattoo Faculties, then you must fulfill further qualifications in order to go about the donation process.
The states below do not regulate their Tattoo Faculties:
– The District of Columbia
– New Hampshire
– New York
So Your State Doesn’t Regulate… What’s Next?
Luckily, it is not the end of the world if the state you live in does not regulate their Tattoo Faculties! While you yourself may want to determine whether or not you feel confident getting your newest tat applied at a location that is not regulated in any way by the state, your blood donation will still be accepted if you follow a few simple guidelines.
In general, there is one rule that needs to be followed if you have gotten tattoos in any of the states listen above. If any of your awesome tattoos were applied in a state that does not regulate their Tattoo Facilities, then you need to wait 12 months before you can donate blood.
Once you wait out 12 months with your body art, you can officially donate blood – no matter what state your tattoo was applied in!
Why Do You Have to Wait 12 Months?
Having to wait 12 months before donating blood may seem tedious, but this rule exists for serious reasons.
The main reason for this waiting period is the risk of hepatitis entering the blood stream. Hepatitis is a terrible disease that resides in the blood stream and is extremely contagious. If this disease lives in your blood, then donating any amount will infect anyone who comes into contact with it.
This waiting period is nothing more that a safety precaution. If the Tattoo Facility that you received your artwork from caused your blood stream to come into contact with hepatitis, the signs will have made themselves clear within the 12 month time period. If all is well after 12 months, then you can rest assured that you did not come into contact with hepatitis while receiving your tattoo.
How Can You Get Hepatitis From Being Inked?
When a Tattoo Facility is not regulated by the state, many aspects of the process can go wrong. When a state is regulating Tattoo Facilities, they mandate that sterile needles are used in the tattooing process. This regulation also makes sure that tattoo ink is not reused between customers.
While it may seem like all Tattoo Facilities should follow these procedures, some do not. Reusing ink from one customer to the next means that money can be saved. Utilizing non sterile needles saves both time and money.
If an individual with hepatitis gets a tattoo in a non state regulated parlor, then the needle or ink used in their artwork may be used on the next customer. If this is the case, more than likely that unlucky individual will contract hepatitis themselves.
With that said:
Before getting your next masterpiece, make sure that the tattoo parlor you visit is regulated by the state.
Just because you get a tattoo in one of the non-regulated states does not mean that they do not use sterile needles, nor does it mean that they always reuse their ink. If you do plan to receive a tat in a non-regulated state, simply make sure that you take time to inquire into their practices and procedures.
The good news is, the majority of states do regulate their tattoo parlors. Even if a tattoo you’ve added to your collection was crafted in a non-regulated state, once 12 months have passed by you can feel free to donate as much blood as you’d like.