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Do I have to wait to give blood after having ear or body piercings?

You may donate blood as long as the instruments used were sterile or single-use equipment. You must wait 12 months if there is any question whether or not the instruments used were sterile and free of blood contamination. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis.
 Guidelines on eligibility to give blood change from time to time. The most up-to-date eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the American Red Cross blood center nearest you.

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