Baton Rouge blood center participating in nationwide study assessing LGBTQ blood donor eligibility

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Baton Rouge, La. (BRPROUD) – Vitalant, OneBlood and the American Red Cross are conducting a nationwide study assessing the eligibility of blood donations from those in the LGBTQ community.

The ADVANCE study is now underway; ADVANCE stands for Assessing Donor Variability and New Concepts in Eligibility. It’s a pilot study focused on the FDA’s donor deferral policy which prohibits sexually active gay men from donating blood for three months after sexual contact.

Participants of the ADVANCE study will examine if different questions could be added to the donor history questionnaire that are based on individual risk of HIV infection. According to the study’s leaders, it will examine if the addition of these questions would be as effective as a time-based deferral in reducing the risk of HIV among gay and bisexual men who present to donate blood.

ADVACNE study leaders will provide their findings to the FDA for review. The study is taking place in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Orlando, New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Miami, Memphis, Los Angeles and Atlanta. To learn more about signing up, click here.

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