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MSM Deferral

September 16, 2020 7:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Explaining the MSM Deferral Due to FDA policies, men who have had sex with another man* in the past year will be deferred from donation for three months due to an increased risk of acquiring HIV infection. Note that this...


September 16, 2020 5:16 am Published by Comments Off on Travel

Anyone who has ever lived in or visited another country may have different deferral periods – this will all be reviewed in the donor screening process. Below are a few examples of common travel deferrals. If you have questions about...

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Reflections From Month Five

August 13, 2020 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on Reflections From Month Five

By Harpreet Sandhu, CEO/Executive Director While it may be hard to believe, we are now in month five of shelter in place. These past months have been anything but easy, but despite this turmoil, it is extremely heartening and inspiring...

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The History of Heart Transplants: Stanford Innovation

August 13, 2020 5:40 am Published by Comments Off on The History of Heart Transplants: Stanford Innovation

By Marcelo Fernández-Viña, PhD, D (ABHI), Medical Director of SBC’s Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory (HLA Lab) A few months ago for national Donate Life Month, we shared information on our SBC blog (HemoBLOGin) about organ donation and the critical role...

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Supporting Research During a Pandemic

August 13, 2020 5:10 am Published by Comments Off on Supporting Research During a Pandemic

By Marino Bozic, Research Customer Relations Manager When Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order for California on March 19, the Research Customer Relations department had no playbook for how to handle a research program during a pandemic. The first...

Monday Movie Madness


May 24, 2020 10:01 am Published by Comments Off on MONDAY MOVIE MADNESS

Every Monday All Center Locations We always need your help, but especially on Mondays. Donate at any of our center locations and, to thank you for coming in when we need you most, we’ll give you a Cinemark Theatres movie ticket! We...

Four Seasons


May 23, 2020 10:02 am Published by Comments Off on FOUR SEASONS CLUB

Level up your wardrobe! Donate four times in 2020 and you’ll get this free retro gaming t-shirt as a reward for a year well-played! The design comes in men’s and women’s cuts. Once eligible, you will receive an email inviting you...