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MN3-29: Gender Identification Challenges and Blood Donation: Education, Regulation and Experience


Oct 21, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Oct 21, 2019 3:30pm

Description

Over the past few years, data has been collected and presented on transgender blood donors, and the new recommendations of the December 2015 FDA Guidance “Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products, including the recommendation that “male and female gender be taken to be self-identified and self-reported.” However “transgender” is a limited classification, and little consideration has yet been given to the broader population of gender fluid and non-binary individuals and blood donation. This session will explore the topic of gender identification, including donor experience, requirements for donor eligibility, the impact of new laws, and best practices. 

In this session, the Donor History Task Force and Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Committee will present the following: 

  • Education about those who identify as gender fluid and non-binary, including , appropriate terminology, sensitivity and optimization of donor experience.
  • Overview of regulations and recommendations that currently apply to donors whose gender may change over time and how the DHQ captures those requirements.
  • Impact of new driver’s license laws on donor registration, donor identification processes, BECS/IT system limitations, challenges of current technology, best practices for safe and effective donor management to accommodate individuals with potential gender changes over time, as well as application of current requirements for eligibility, individual risk assessment and TRALI risk mitigation.
  • Experience from a Blood Center successful with implementing strategy for non-binary blood donors, how to overcome challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss appropriate terminology and optimized donor experience for gender fluid, non-binary and transgender individuals.
  • Apply current regulations and recommendations regarding eligibility requirements and individual risk assessment to this subpopulation of individuals.
  • Summarize the impact of new state laws providing for non-binary gender driver’s license on donor registration and the Blood Establishment Computer System.
  • Examine challenges and successful strategies for gender identification, donor screening, recordkeeping, BECS, and donor management.

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