Sunday, June 12, 2016

Some blood banks now turning people away; here's a partial list of places to donate

Posted By on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 12:43 PM

We've spoken to several people who attempted to donate blood at the Michigan Street OneBlood facility. This facility is now turning potential donors away as the line has grown too long. ORMC is also not accepting any donations at this time. Please call 1-888-9DONATE to find out where you can still go to donate blood or plasma. 

Here's a partial list, if you can't get through:
  • Asbury United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 220 W. Horatio Ave., Maitland, 32751
  • AMC Altamonte Mall, 433 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, 32701
  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road, 32819
  • Orlando Main Donor Center, 8669 Commodity Circle, 32819
  • Oviedo Donor Center, 1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, 32765
  • Metro Church Bloodmobile, 1491 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs, 32708
In a horrible twist on what is seeming more likely to be a hate crime against the LGBT community, there is still a partial FDA ban on gay men donating blood. The FDA lifted the total ban in 2013, but added a stipulation that only those who have not had sex in the past year may donate. HOWEVER, in this crisis situation, the (frankly awful at any time) restriction has been lifted, and anyone over 100 pounds and 16 years of age can donate blood. (All donations are screened after being drawn.)

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