Can you give blood if you have a tattoo?
#25870. Asked by jade_mercedes7. (Jan 02 03 11:05 PM)
The National Blood Service - UK |
You should not give blood if:
1: You've already given blood in the last 12 weeks (normally, you must wait 16 weeks).
2: You have a chesty cough, sore throat or active cold sore (although the end of a cold is OK).
3: You're currently taking antibiotics or you have just finished a course within the last seven days.
4: You've had hepatitis or jaundice in the last 12 months, likewise any ear or body piercing or tattoos, or you have received a blood transfusion yourself.
5: You've had acupuncture in the last 12 months outside the NHS (unless you can produce the approved certificate from your acupuncturist or physiotherapist).
6: A member of your family (parent, brother, sister or child) has suffered with CJD (Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease).
7: You've ever received human pituitary extract (which was used in some growth hormone or fertility treatments before 1985).
Anyone who has had anything pierced, including ears (and anywhere else - we won't ask) need only wait a year before they can donate again.
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