LGBTQ+ Blood Donation: Demand Strict Adherence to FDA Guidance

LGBTQ+ Blood Donation: Demand Strict Adherence to FDA Guidance

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Joshua Romero started this petition to The Blood Connection and

In 1983, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enacted a lifetime deferral policy for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), attempting to protect the blood supply from a demographic at high-risk for contraction of HIV/AIDS. It is understood why the policy was necessary at the peak of the epidemic when there was insubstantial screening technology to detect transfusion-transmittable infections (TTI).

With regard to HIV, screening includes both an antibody chemiluminescent immunoassay (ChLIA) and nucleic acid test (NAT) that detect the virus with accuracy greater than 99.99% and no later than two weeks from contraction.

Current FDA Guidance (as of April 2020) for immediate implementation states that MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) should be deferred from blood donation for 3 months following their last encounter.

Although these recommendations are non-binding, noncompliance by Blood Donation Organizations (e.g. The Blood Connection) with FDA best practices-- especially in the midst of a global pandemic (COVID-19)-- exacerbates blood shortages, further perpetuates stigma towards MSMs (i.e. LGBTQ+ individuals), and limits the accessibility of blood to patients in need. 

BY SIGNING THIS PETITION, WE DEMAND THAT BLOOD DONATION ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS THE BLOOD CONNECTION, IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT AND STRICTLY ADHERE TO FDA BEST PRACTICES, INSTEAD OF ARBITRARILY DEVELOPING INTERNAL POLICY THAT MISINTERPRETS FDA GUIDANCE, PERPETUATES STIGMA AGAINST LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS, AND DECREASES THE AMOUNT OF HEALTHY BLOOD DONATIONS ABLE TO BE COLLECTED.

April 2020 FDA Guidance: https://www.fda.gov/media/92490/download?fbclid=IwAR0LRopLLJUjA-GJWY7RivZ9ZkV6YwR3rPzIZS4I2S-TeUrDN1sI2032K6I

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