Visitor Parking Information for UNCA Campus Blood Drives (August, October, February)
Non UNCA community members: register for a visitor parking permit online, print off pass, and place in vehicle window. Visitors can park in any Visitor or All Permit parking space. Please note, donors will likely have to park in a lot/space that requires 5-10 minutes of walking. The blood drive is in Highsmith Student Union, use this campus map to navigate to the union: https://maps.unca.edu/.
LGBTQ+ Community and the FDA’s MSM policy
Prompted by a concerned community member, we wanted to share some information about the discriminatory federal regulations regarding blood donation that have negatively impacted the LGBTQ+ community since the 1980s, specifically the US Food and Drug Administration’s policy on blood donation by men who have sex with men (MSM). While this policy has shifted in the last six years to be more inclusive (due to incredible, relentless work done by individuals and organizations in multiple sectors; science and technology, politics, non-profit, and more), it does not erase the lasting alienation and harm that has been done. And as the American Medical Association website states, there is still work to be done, including the removal of restrictions on “blood donations by MSM so they are instead based on a person’s individual risk, consistent with the latest scientific evidence, to ensure blood donation criteria is equitably applied across all people.”
See below for some information and resources regarding the issue. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, just a sampling that we found accessible and helpful in better understanding the issue. There will also be a petition at the blood drive in support of the continued examination of the MSM policy.
MSM Blood Donation Policy Information
1980s-2015 (Lifetime ban on blood donation by MSM instituted in mid 1980s)
Darling, M. (2013, September 14). Banned for life: Why gay men still can’t donate blood. NBC News.
Miyashita. A. & Gates, G. (2014, September). Effects of Lifting Blood Donation Bans on Men who Have Sex
with Men. UCLA School of Law Williams Institute. https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/blood-donation-ban-msm/
2015-2020 (Lifetime ban reduced to 1 year deferral)
Newkirk, V. (2016, June 13). The Bigotry of Gay-Blood-Donation Bans.
Terkel, A. (2015, December 21). The FDA’s Blood Donor Policy Is Still Homophobic.
2020-present (1 year deferral reduced to 3 month deferral)
American Red Cross. (n.d.). LGBTQ+ Donors.
American Society of Hematology. (2020, October 1). Rewriting the Rules of Blood Donation.
Shaw, M. (2020, April 4). FDA’s Revised Blood Donation Guidance for Gay Men Still Courts Controversy. The
American Journal of Managed Care. https://www.ajmc.com/view/fdas-revised-blood-donation-guidance-for-gay-men-still-courts-controversy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (April 2020, Updated August
2020). Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products. https://www.fda.gov/media/92490/download