HEALTH GUIDE: No! Your tattoo should not stop you from donating blood to the needy

HEALTH GUIDE: No! Your tattoo should not stop you from donating blood to the needy

There is a popular belief that anyone who wears tattoo cannot donate blood to the needy or those with health challenges.

Meanwhile, Hynaija checks have proved that this is one of the popular myths.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guide on assessing Donor suitability4blood Donation revealed that in as much as a donor is tested to determine his or her suitability, there is no problem is the fellow is not contaminated with any infection.


“Individuals who present a history of any procedures involving penetration of the skin should be assessed for the risk of TTI (Transfusion-transmissible infection), based on when, where, by whom and how the procedure was performed. The BTS should define the deferral period, based on the sterility and safety of the procedure. If it is not possible to ascertain the sterility and safety of the procedure, the individual should be deferred for a period of 12 months”

So therefore, every individual can donate blood after going through a process called ‘‘DONOR SELECTION’’ which will confirm the suitability and capability of such an individual!

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