Tattoos are created by injecting ink into the skin, which means that there is a risk of infection if the tattoo artist does not follow proper safety protocol. For this reason, it is very common to hear that you are not able to donate blood after getting a tattoo. While some states and countries may have slightly different regulations, this myth has been debunked and YES, you can donate blood after getting tattooed.
How long do I have to wait to donate blood after getting tattooed?
As mentioned, some regulations may vary per blood bank or geographic area, but in general, you are able to donate blood (even immediately in some places) if you got tattooed in a licensed facility.
If you did not get tattooed at a licensed facility or by a licensed professional tattoo artist, you are increasing you chances of possible infection and depending on where you are, you might have to wait three months to a year before you can donate blood.
Benefits of getting tattooed by a licensed tattoo artist
There are many benefits to getting tattooed by a licensed tattoo artist. First and foremost, it helps reduce the risk of infection. Licensed artists are required to follow certain safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of their clients.
In addition, getting tattooed by a licensed artist supports the professional tattoo community. These artists have invested time and money into their careers, and by getting tattooed by them, you are helping to keep the industry alive.
Finally, getting tattooed by a licensed artist ensures that you will get a high-quality tattoo that you will be happy with for years to come.
So if you’re looking to do something good for the world, consider giving blood – and don’t forget to show off your new tattoo while you’re at it!
Also, keep in mind that blood banks test all blood donations before they are given to another person. So, if for some reason something is detected in your blood, no worries, it will not be transfused.