Expanding plasma eligibility for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
We’ve changed the way we screen donors to be more inclusive.
All donors, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, are now asked questions about sexual behaviour. Everyone is now asked if they’ve had new and/or multiple sexual partners in the last three months. If they have, they are asked a follow-up question about whether they’ve had anal sex with any partner in the last three months.
If you have participated in the MSM Plasma Program, thank you. You have not only helped patients in Canada, but you have also helped drive this eligibility change and inform our work to ensure positive donor experiences. On Sept. 11, 2022, sexual behaviour-based screening was implemented for all donors, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. This means any plasma donations that were in a 60-day hold were automatically sent to be made into specialized medicines. We encourage you to continue donating plasma with the new criteria, or you could consider donating whole blood instead.
Plasma donation is a powerful way to help
Plasma is the straw-coloured, protein-rich liquid in blood that helps other blood components circulate throughout the body. While some donated plasma is transfused directly to patients, most is required as the source material for a variety of treatments ― what is called “source plasma." These treatments are manufactured products for patients with rare, life-threatening, chronic and genetic conditions. Demand for products made from plasma is surging in Canada and around the world.