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Not that this affects me, but people who read my LJ may be affected... the Red Cross's Common Misconceptions About [Restrictions on] Giving Blood includes...

  • Body piercing done with a sterile or single use needle within the last twelve months
  • A tattoo done in a regulated State with sterile needle & non reused ink

I'm sure I'd heard people complain about this one, so ... is this news, or was it that long ago I heard complaints?


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Nov. 7th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Given that I just gave platelets tonight*, at the Red Cross donation center in Downtown Boston, and they still asked about tatoos or piercing in the last 12 months, where is your source from?

* and 24 times per year, about every 2 weeks.
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Nov. 7th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
That's not what I asked.

But I found my own resource:


Acceptable if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile technique. Only a few states currently regulate tattoo facilities, so most donors with tattoos must wait 12 months after tattoo application before donating blood. You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation.


Acceptable as long as the instruments used were sterile, one time use.

Wait 12 months if there is any question whether or not the instruments used were sterile and free of blood contamination. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis.

Nov. 7th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Damn, I meant to include the link they mailed to us... I'll post the link tomorrow, when it's at my fingertips at work.
Nov. 7th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
...but my time spent in England still disqualifies me.

(What's a litle disturbing is that I donated several times before that rule was put in place.)

Nov. 7th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
and zubatac's time spent in Croatia disqualifies him,
yet there are more (nonzero) cases of maybe finding Mad Cow in a a meat animal here, and more risky practices concerning livestock here than in Croatia. Grr.
Nov. 7th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
They had this rule in New York in 2000 or 2001 - i remember cause I'd gotten a piercing within 12 months and couldn't donate.
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