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INBA, SAN, and Inland Northwest Blood Center discuss FDA blood donation policies

Thank you to all of our community partners involved in Spokane’s LGBT community including Planned Parenthood, SAN, and especially Inland Northwest Blood Center for hosting our discussion on blood donation restrictions last Wednesday.

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The consensus from everyone in attendance confirmed that the excellent conversation has opened doors to interesting opportunities for all of our organizations, to partner in creative ways, keep the topic relevant and top of mind, and perhaps make some positive change happen.

Thank you to Debra Smith and Amy Starr of Inland Northwest Blood Center, for helping guide our understanding of the issue at present, and leading the discussion for Wednesday’s meeting. Amy Starr provided some excellent historical and factual information vital to understanding the FDA’s current 12-month abstinence restriction for men who have sex with men.

The FDA instituted restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men in the 80’s with a complete lifetime ban, in response to the then poorly understood AIDS epidemic. Recently the FDA has revised their policy to match the policies of other developed countries, such as Australia, which instituted a similar 12-month abstinence restriction years ago.

Gay and bisexual men, or more specifically, men who have sex with other men, are not the only groups to have restrictions placed on them, nor are their restrictions the most severe. For example, anyone who has visited or lived in the U.K. for longer than three months anytime after 1980 is permanently banned from donating blood in the U.S. due to fears of transmitting Mad Cow disease. However, we feel that the restrictions placed on the LGBT community do not reflect the best or most recent research regarding the AIDS virus, and unfairly discriminates against a group of people based on their sexual preference.

Inland Northwest Blood Center sees themselves as partners with the LGBT community in Spokane, and wants to help in any way possible, but are still tied to the overarching FDA guidelines that dictate blood donation across the country.


Special Thanks to DesignSpike, 420 Friendly, Thinking Cap, Boots Bakery, for their contributions to this event, and to Boots Bakery for catering the event as well.

PJALS, YWCA, and NAACP

 

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