All donors (no matter their gender or sexual orientation or if they’re donating whole blood or plasma) will now be asked if they have had a new sexual partner in the last 3 months. Those who answer “yes” to either of those questions, they will further be asked if they have had anal sex (either receptive or insertive, aka top or bottom) in the last 3 months. If they have, they will be ineligible to donate. This means that more gbMSM are eligible to donate – but not all. The trans donor criteria is also removed. Trans individuals can register in their gender rather than as their sex assigned at birth. However, the system is still set up to require a choice between male or female, so nonbinary and other gender diverse donors will still be misgendered.
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