Red cross lifts tattoo donor waiting period

7:12 AM, Apr 20, 2012   |    comments
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The Minnesota Red Cross expects hundreds more blood donors each year now because a tattoo waiting period has been lifted.

People with tattoos used to have to wait 12 months before donating blood to protect against the spread of disease caused by unlicensed tattoo artists reusing needles and ink.

But a relatively new law in Minnesota that requires all body art technicians to be licensed convinced the Red Cross that the danger of hepatitis and other conditions has diminished to the point that the waiting period should be lifted.  

Red Cross Minnesota's Sue Gonsior says 1,000 additional donors are expected across the state due to the change. That could help ease the consistent blood shortages faced by Minnesota's blood banks.  

The St. Cloud Times says more than 133,000 people donated blood in Minnesota last year.

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