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The Orlando LGBT + Center is looking for participants for a blood donation study

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Almost five years after the mass shootings at Pulse nightclub, three of the country’s largest blood centers have started a study to help potentially gay and bisexual men become more easily donors.

Until the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration did not allow a man to donate who had sex with another man in the past 12 months. In April 2020 the deferral was changed to 3 months and continues to read: “Postpone 3 months after the last sexual contact, a man who had sex with another man in the last 3 months.”

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OneBlood, along with the American Red Cross and Vitalant, began conducting the ADVANCE study last year to change the donor history questionnaire.

ADVANCE stands for the evaluation of donor variability and new concepts in relation to authorization. According to the study’s website, men who have sex with men could be judged based on their individual risk of HIV infection, rather than when they last had sexual contact with another man, if the scientific evidence came to support the use of the various questions .

FDA guidelines began during the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

Danny Garcia, Vice President of the Board of Directors of LGBT + Center Orlando, encouraged attendees ages 18 to 39 to get involved. 300 participants are required.

“Do it, be a part of something that is going to be something great,” said Garcia.

Interested parties can register here.

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