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Q. How long should one wait to donate blood after tattooing?

Answered by
Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 30, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jun 16, 2020

Hi doctor,

I got a tattoo before five months. A blood donation drive is going to happen by next month. Am I eligible to donate blood? How long should a tattooed person wait to donate blood?

Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrics Hematology Pathology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Based on your query, my opinion is as follows:

  • If it is from a professional tattoo artist and the needle was changed, then you can donate after a week. We are only worried about allergic reactions.
  • If you are not sure, then deferral period is usually six months. After that screening test should be done to check for any infection.
  • Nowadays, due to awareness, needle sharing is not done. You can donate blood.

For further doubts consult a hematologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/hematologist


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