If you just recently got a tattoo, how soon could you donate blood in New Jersey?! Here's what I found out so far, that may help you!

Back in college, I was told I couldn't donate blood if I got a tattoo within the last 12 months. So when I found out about a blood drive being held at my job, I automatically assumed I couldn't participate (I got a tattoo back in April).

Thanks to a fellow coworker, I found out that's not the case in New Jersey! So, I did some digging.

In the past, it is true that you had to wait 12 months before donating blood to prevent the spread of hepatitis. As states began to regulate their tattoo establishments, it's safer for people to donate blood without a wait.

And luckily, New Jersey is one of the states who regulate their tattoo establishments!

Here are the list of states who do NOT:

  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Washington D.C.


Unfortunately, because my tattoo was done in New York I'm still unable to. But, if you're capable of donating blood please feel free to participate in Townsquare Media's Blood Drive!

Read more about donating blood on American Red Cross's website.

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