Almost every teenager with a desire to rebel has the same thought: I’m going to get a tattoo! According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 29% of adults in the U.S. have at least one tattoo. That number increases to nearly 40% for those aged 18-29. Something that was once reserved for soldiers, sailors, and rock stars has now become commonplace.
There are a lot of myths surrounding blood donation, but one of the most common is the belief that people with tattoos are ineligible to give blood. It makes sense to think that way. And, at one time, there was a greater restriction about it in the blood industry. We have all heard the horror stories of people who got hepatitis from tattoos or piercings. With increased regulations on the tattoo industry, there are more options for giving blood after you get one.
Tattoos, if not performed at a registered, licensed facility, can lead to infections or other issues that can affect your health and the ability to give blood. In Texas, all tattoo facilities must be registered and state-licensed, meaning they must register the business with the state and pass a state inspection to remain open. The majority of America requires tattoo facilities to receive a state license; there are only 11 states, plus Washington, D.C., that do not require it.
So what are the regulations regarding tattoos or piercings for giving blood? At Carter BloodCare, if you have a tattoo, we welcome you to come give life as often as possible if your tattoo was obtained in a Texas state-licensed facility. If not, the deferral from blood donation is only 12 months.
We love the tattoo community, especially those who #GiveForLife. If you have any questions regarding tattoos and how they can affect your donor eligibility, please visit our website.