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Can Someone with Tattoos Donate Blood


If you have a tattoo and you maybe curious if you can donate blood. Did you know that by donating your blood, not only you help save lives but it is also health for you. By donating blood lessen the risk of heart related desease and cholesterol. You can also burn some calories and most of you can probably sleep better knowing you have helped someone by donating blood.

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Curious if you can donate blood

When is it possible to donate

If you have a tattoo, you may be eligible to donate blood. But need to wait at least 6 months from the time you got your last tattoo, but it is best to wait for 1 year before donating blood.

The reason why you it take about 3-12 months before you can safely donate blood is because some infectious diseases from getting tattoos or peircings can not be detected immediately.

Blood Donation Eligibility

In terms of eligibility to donate blood, there are multiple factors you need to pass before you can start donating. The Canadian Blood Services has handy Eligibility questionaire online that you can use to check for your elibility.

Canadian Blood Services - Eligibility Quiz

You Can Be Disqualified From Donating Blood

There are instances that you will not be eligible to donate blood.

If you got your tattoo from an unregulated or unregistered tattoo parlor or artist. It's a rule of thumb when getting a tattoo make sure to get it from a legit tattoo shop or artist to ensure your safety. If you got the tattoo from an unregulated practisioner, the blood center may deny you.

Another reason you can be denied if you have a bloodborne decease from using uncleaned tattoo needles. This may be uncommon situation but it is possible be infected by the following blood deceases due to tattoing.

Here are the some bloodborne illness:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

What are the Benefits of Donating Blood

Donating blood is good for you. Here are some the benefits on donating blood.

  • Better blood flow and circulation
  • Get a checkup, where your overall health will be checked.
  • Balance level of iron
  • Reduce stress
  • Longer life