Stanford Blood Center is proud to have participated in the FDA study that lead to a change in blood donor eligibility for men who have sex with men (MSM). From July – October 2022, SBC welcomed participants to enroll in the study at our research site in Palo Alto (3373 Hillview Avenue).


The ADVANCE study included gay and bisexual male participants who were interested in donating blood, and who had sex with at least one other man in the three months before joining in the study.

Participants completed a short survey to assess if they met the study inclusion criteria. If the potential participants were qualified, staff conducting the study enrolled the participants into the study and obtained informed consent.

Eligible participants were 18 to 39 years old and lived in one of the eight communities where the study was being conducted.

Participants were financially compensated for their time.