Gay Utahns sought for survey to lift blood donation ban
The National Center for Health Statistics is looking to interview gay men over the age of 18 as part of a research program to overturn the ban on gay men from donating blood. The NCHS is looking for gay men who have ever thought about giving blood, have been deferred from giving blood for any reason, or who have successfully given blood in the past, to test questions that are asked of potential blood donors before they donate, such as medical history, sexual history, current medications and travel history.
The survey will be no longer than 60 minutes and participants will receive $50. Interviews will be conducted in Salt Lake City between Oct. 2-10 at the Utah Pride Center, 355 N. 300 West.
If gay men who have not had sexual contact for the past 12 months were allowed to donate blood, more than 53,000 additional men would likely make more than 89,000 donations, according to a recent University of California Los Angeles study. Blood banks experiencing shortages could be significantly aided by these additions.
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please call Liz at 301-458-4676.