Blood donation is now more inclusive.
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Rhode Island Blood Center’s workforce and donor base includes diverse individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientation. We value diversity in our community, donors, and team members, and we work to treat all with fairness, equality and respect.

LGBTQ+ Blood Donor Eligibility Guidelines

On May 11, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance establishing a blood donor screening process based on Individual Donor Assessment. 

BBD has strived to build an inclusive environment that embraces diversity for all who engage with our lifesaving mission. For decades, we have strongly advocated for scientifically-based changes to the FDA policies about men who have sex with men (MSM) and support the shift to individual donor assessment to determine eligibility. The FDA has finalized recommendations for establishing a blood donor screening process based on Individual Donor Assessment.

Work has already begun to welcome newly eligible donors, a process that includes adopting the new donor history questionnaire, updating and validating computer systems regulated by the FDA, training staff, updating operational procedures and information systems. BBD expects to be able to welcome eligible donors in mid-November 2023 or sooner.

How can I help if I can’t donate blood?

  1. Host a Blood Drive
  2. Ask a friend to donate on your behalf.
  3. Encourage the FDA’s continued evaluation of donor eligibility guidelines by downloading and sending this postcard to the FDA.
  4. Can’t donate blood? You can still support BBD’s mission with a financial gift.