The Inclusive Practices for Blood Donations (IPBD) Committee is a special committee voted in by the Council on November 11, 2020. Their meetings will be held the first Friday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This committee is responsible for finding ways to continue to improve LGBTQ inclusivity in our Blood Drives, as well as address policy change at the Federal level. Currently, the FDA prohibits the donation of blood from any man who has had sex with another man in the past three months, regardless of the situation (e.g. monogamous males in a relationship or sex with safety precautions including condoms & medicines). This categorical ban on men who have sex with men, or MSM, is based on the risk assessment of the group, not on the potential risk practices of the individual. This committee advocates for blood donation regulations that screen all individuals for risk behaviors regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
IPBD will also establish a resolution for the Staff Council declaring our stance against the discriminatory FDA regulations and language. Our resolution will make it clear that we do not tolerate discrimination against gay & bisexual men, even though we continue to hold & organize blood drives. It is our hope that this statement can be the beginning of change and an acknowledgement to the LGTBQ community that we know there is discrimination within the blood donor practices, and we do not stand by this.
Can't donate blood?
Here are other ways to give back:
1. Volunteer to help with blood drives
2. Food (CU Buff Pantry)
3. Coats (Coats for Colorado)
4. Shoes (Soles 4 Souls)
5. Bone marrow (Be the Match)
6. Hair (Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids)
7. Donation (CU Student Emergency Fund and CU Staff and Faculty Emergency Fund)
Why risk behaviors, not orientation, should decide who gives blood Changing Blood Donor Screening Criteria to Individual Sexual Risk Assessment: No Evidence of a Significant Impact on HIV Epidemic in Italy, March 7, 2016
Vox Sanguinis: The International Journal of Transfusion Medicine: The Risk of Allowing Blood Donation from Men Having Sex with Men After a Temporary Deferral: Predictions Versus Reality, January 14, 2016
Blood Transfusion: Changing Blood Donor Screening Criteria from Permanent Deferral for Men Who Have Sex with Men to Individual Sexual Risk Assessment: No Evidence of a Significant Impact on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic in Italy, July 2013
Transfusion: Refinement of a Viral Transmission Risk Model for Blood Donations in Seroconversion Window Phase Screened by Nucleic Acid Testing in Different Pool Sizes and Repeat Test Algorithms, August 12, 2010