In general, people with tattoos can donate blood. But in certain situations, you need to wait a year before giving. That’s only the case if you live in a location where tattoo facilities aren’t regulated, the American Red Cross explained. Most states regulate tattoo facilities, but they aren’t regulated in D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Idaho, Georgia, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maryland, Utah, or Wyoming. So, if you have gotten a tattoo in one of these 11 locations within the past 12 months, you’ll need to wait until after that time to donate blood.
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