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New FDA Guidance

Individual Blood Donor Assessments

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final guidance that will establish a blood donor screening process based on individual donor assessments, not sexual orientation. This change will ensure the safety of America’s blood supply while making donation more inclusive, including for many in the LGBTQ+ community. The FDA's guidance is backed by evidence and data, including from the Transfusion Transmitted Infections Monitoring System (TTIMS) and the ADVANCE Study. Blood centers are working to welcome impacted donors as quickly as possible. Please contact your local blood center to learn more about their implementation timeline.

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For Donors

The American Rare
Donor Program

People with rare blood types depend on other people with similar rare blood types for blood products. Learn more about how you could change a life by donating to help patients with rare blood types.

For Educators

Bring Blood Donation
Into the Classroom

Access easy-to-implement lesson plans, teacher guide, and video to help students learn about the science of blood donation.

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For Media

Media Resources
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Access graphics and b-roll for your stories, and view the latest statistics on the U.S. blood supply and its donors.

Donor Impact Stories

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Hadden Carswell

"'Thank you' is simply not enough to express my gratitude for blood donors. Without donors like you, I would not be here."

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Dikari Joseph

"If someone were scared to donate blood, I would say to do it. You never know whose life you might change. You gave me a chance to continue to live life to the fullest and seize every moment. I'm grateful."

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Cassidy Hall

"Strangers have given us the last two years of our daughter's life and will likely give her the rest of her life. For us, blood donors have meant one more birthday, one more Christmas, every month with our precious baby girl."