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New sex rules headache for donation centres

TT/Clara Guibourg · 4 Jun 2011, 09:26

Published: 04 Jun 2011 09:26 GMT+02:00

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This is significantly stricter than previous rules about piercings and tattoos. These stipulated that potential donors who have got a tattoo or piercing themselves must wait 6 months before giving blood again.

The new rules are an adaptation to EU's rules for blood donors, and work to protect patients in need of blood from jaundice, as well as other blood transmitted diseases.

At the same time, tightening rules and making blood donation trickier may discourage several potential blood donors. Donation centres are concerned that the new EU rules will lead to fewer donations, at a time when blood is already scarce.

Sweden is already far behind neighbouring country Denmark in blood donations per capita. Sweden has 54 donors per 1000 inhabitants. The same figure in Denmark is 74.

"We're worried that this will make recruiting young people more difficult. And nowadays people get tattoos their entire lives, not just when they're young. So yes, we're absolutely worried that the new rules will cause problems for us," Ingrid Johansson, blood donor coordinator in Skåne, told SVT Rapport.

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TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:28 June 4, 2011 by reason
Can you imagine the emotional turmoil this will cause?

"Should I have sex with my tattooed girlfriend?... but then I can't give blood for a year! Sex, give blood, sex, give blood... "

Luckily all of life's choices aren't that hard.
11:21 June 4, 2011 by domsworld77
I used to live in mallorca and they had a blood donation campain in and english speaking newspapar,so i went along to donate .I was told because i am british and lived in the uk upto 1997 i have a risk of having mad cow disease,therfore i couldnt give blood. Is it the same here................PS i have a tattoo as well and im doing quite well.
14:03 June 4, 2011 by krattan
I'm always scared of getting a disease whenever I see tattooed or pierced people on the subway. :(
15:26 June 4, 2011 by conboy
Does this affect the King?
20:41 June 4, 2011 by Stickeroo
If they paid for blood donations those figures would rise very sharply!
05:16 June 5, 2011 by jackx123
I'm sure this affects the king and by the way almost 100% of women are pierced anyway so what is going on
09:03 June 5, 2011 by Grahamsmjöl
You really need to read the article...... It says "recently tattooed or pierced" not ever been tattoo or pierced!

The bigger question is if you have casual sex with someone, you probably won't ask how long they have had a piercing.
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