Tinder Supports HRC's Call to Lift the Ban on Blood Donations


Tinder Supports HRC's Call to Lift the Ban on Blood Donations


Men who have intercourse with other men are still prohibited from donating blood due to what opponents have referred to as a discriminatory restriction. In an effort to demand an end to the prohibition, Tinder has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign.

The organizations are promoting the FDA-funded ADVANCE Research, also known as the Assessing Donor Variability And New Concepts in Eligibility study. Policymakers will use the study to ascertain whether authorities can put in place a different blood donation deferral mechanism without tainting the blood supply.

Blood donation restrictions were put in place during the AIDS crisis to prevent sexually active men who had intercourse with other men from giving blood. Currently, the FDA advises males to wait three months before providing blood after having sex with another guy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all given blood is already screened for bloodborne infections, including HIV, using cutting-edge screening methods, regardless of where it came from.

As of April, both Canada and Austria have lifted their bans on homosexual and bisexual men donating blood. Canada had previously prohibited males who have had intercourse with other men from doing so.

Canadian Blood Services now asks all donors about high-risk sexual conduct as part of its mission to eliminate the question of whether men have sex with men. Austrians have adopted a similar strategy that emphasizes each person's risk profile rather than a general ban.

Renate Nyborg, the CEO of Tinder, recently wrote an opinion piece for Fortune in which she outlined the company's commitment to combating bias.

Through our engagement with the Human Rights Campaign, I've learned how to leverage my CEO position to assist bring about change, writes Nyborg. "Even though this policy does not directly affect me, I truly believe that compassionate people should have the freedom to improve society."

She describes how users of Tinder may find out more about the ADVANCE study and how the LGBTQ+ community is one of the dating app's fastest-growing segments.

Members of Tinder who could be eligible will be prompted to swipe right on an "All Types" Pride card in the app in order to access further information and enroll in the study, according to Nyborg.

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