Facebook posts misleadingly claim Sri Lanka banned people with tattoos from donating blood

Published on 02/03/2021 at 10:00

Multiple posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook in February 2021 claim that Sri Lanka prohibits people with tattoos from donating blood. The claim is misleading: as of March 3, 2021, Sri Lanka’s National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) says people with tattoos can donate blood. They may, however, be temporarily discouraged from blood donation for one year after getting a tattoo as a precautionary measure against blood borne infections, the NBTS says.