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Health officials have decided it is safe for people with a recent tattoo to donate

Tattooed blood donors on the border no longer have to wait 4 months since their last tatt to donate plasma.

While there is a link between needle procedures, like tatts, and blood born viruses, research indicates that those who receive tattoos in a licensed premises
are safe to donate.

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The amendment will boost plasma stocks by an estimated over 500 donations every year in the North East and the Border.

To donate plasma, visit or call 13 14 95

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