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    Senior Member xdonnaEDGEx's Avatar
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    Question Can you donate blood if you have piercings and tattoos?

    I've recently decided that I would like to start regularly donating blood but I've heard that you can't do this if you have piercings or tattoos. I don't know whether or not this is true but I would like to know and if it is true why? Thanks!

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    Tragus x 2, septum, madonna, snake bites and tongue


    Tattoos:
    A red rose on my right ankle,
    my sisters name in Old English caps on my right forearm,
    The Nightmare Before Christmas stitching around my left wrist,
    four shamrock four-leaf clovers with blue, pink and purple stars on my left foot
    and a large butterfly with green eyes on my lower back


    Stretchings:
    Ear lobes to 15mm

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    You can give blood, but I'm fairly sure you have to have gone 6months without a new tattoo/ piercing to donate.


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    Yup Jane is correct, you can give blood if its been 6 months or longer since your last piercing or tattoo or accupuncture session.

    The reason is incase you have contracted HIV or HEP it can take a few months to show up, hence they must be able to detect contaminated blood before distributing it.
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    Yeah I think I heard something about that too! Guess I'll have to wait a bit then cause I'm getting two tragus piercings done soon.

    x x
    Piercings:
    Tragus x 2, septum, madonna, snake bites and tongue


    Tattoos:
    A red rose on my right ankle,
    my sisters name in Old English caps on my right forearm,
    The Nightmare Before Christmas stitching around my left wrist,
    four shamrock four-leaf clovers with blue, pink and purple stars on my left foot
    and a large butterfly with green eyes on my lower back


    Stretchings:
    Ear lobes to 15mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdonnaEDGEx View Post
    Yeah I think I heard something about that too! Guess I'll have to wait a bit then cause I'm getting two tragus piercings done soon.

    x x
    give blood before being pierced, you can just go in the place near tesco on market street and give blood on the spot.
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    Yeah I'm giving blood on Tuesday (last piercing was September time). And I'm getting pierced probably the week after.


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    helix. tongue. rook. 5mm conch punch.
    central labret. L nipple. industrial. 9 tattoos.

    Retired: snakebites. nostril x 2. 2nd & 3rd lobes.
    helix. outer conch.

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    I want to be able to give blood but ive had 3 piercings & a tattoo in the last 6 months...

    Too bad I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheArctopus View Post
    give blood before being pierced, you can just go in the place near tesco on market street and give blood on the spot.
    Yeah I know where you mean but I thought it would have been a bit more complicated than that, yknow lots of forms and stuff? I had my nostrils pierced months ago but I don't know if it was more than six though...

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    Piercings:
    Tragus x 2, septum, madonna, snake bites and tongue


    Tattoos:
    A red rose on my right ankle,
    my sisters name in Old English caps on my right forearm,
    The Nightmare Before Christmas stitching around my left wrist,
    four shamrock four-leaf clovers with blue, pink and purple stars on my left foot
    and a large butterfly with green eyes on my lower back


    Stretchings:
    Ear lobes to 15mm

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    We had the 'blood people' come round school the other week, and apparently its a year now since last tattoo or piercing, which sucks because i dont think i can wait a year between piercings.

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    I was always told it was a year after a tattoo or piercing which means I'll probably never be able to give blood
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    Left ear:12 including scaffold,tragus,conch x 3 & 14mm lobes
    Right ear:12 including rook,conch x 3 & 14mm lobes
    Eyebrow
    3 x right nostril
    3x left nostril
    Left Nipple Vertical x 2
    Right Nipple Horizontal x 2
    Navel x 3
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