I just got a text from someone asking me to donate “bodily fluid” as I’m O- and considered a “universal donor”.  Does anyone know if I’ll really have to wait a full 12 months/ 365 days before I can donate?  Self-injury seems to fall under the characteristic of skin piercing/ tattoo/ etc… under the qualification requirements for donating “bodily fluid”.

I’m really upset because I want to donate, but can’t.  I really believe I can get healthy enough to donate again.