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  • Federal Gov't. Committee Suggests Reducing Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

    A federal government advisory board is suggesting the U.S. soften its ban on gay men donating blood.

    Since 1977, the U.S. government has banned any man who has ever had sex with another man from donating blood. A consortium of blood donation organizations, including the American Red Cross today calls the ban "medically and scientifically unwarranted."

    Now, the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood & Tissue Safety & Availability has voted to drop the ban for men who have not had sex with another man in at least a year, according to Buzzfeed.

    The advisory group's chairman, Jay Menitove, notes that the system "has been very successful, in part, I believe, because the public has trust in the system and the decisions we make." He adds, “To maintain that trust and compliance on the part of the public, it is time to modernize.”

    The American Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks, and America’s Blood Centers, in a joint statement also say the recommendation is “consistent with our joint position.”

    Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) calls the news "a step in the right direction.” 

    But the ACLU notes the "proposed one-year deferral will prevent two men who maintain a committed, monogamous relationship from ever donating blood. This proposed policy does not distinguish between high risk and safer sex practices... Criteria for being a blood donor should be based on science, not discriminatory stereotypes and assumptions.”

    Bloomberg notes that the advisory board's recommendations "will be considered by a group of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration in a Dec. 2 meeting. While the FDA doesn’t have to follow either panel’s advice, their recommendations are considered influential."



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    Hat tip: Huffington Post


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    • commented 2014-11-15 14:21:00 -0500
      Wow ! Absolutely ludicrous when my promiscuous heterosexual friends who’s had STD and smokes weed can donate blood at any given time .Red cross doesn’t want my celibate,STD free,HIV- non weed use blood due to my sexual orientation. Such a long way to go .

    • commented 2014-11-14 23:59:49 -0500
      Terry Teeter – it’s not even a year of monogamy. It’s a year of abstinence. Total bullshit. Sorry, Red Cross, when you join the 21st century, then and only then will you get my HIV- type O-negative (AKA “universal”) blood. Until then, suck it.

    • commented 2014-11-14 16:46:12 -0500
      Really? A year of monogamy? This is ridiculous and not even worthy of discussion.

    • commented 2014-11-14 16:39:54 -0500
      I took my name off the organ donor list when I discovered a similar ban was in place for organ donations. They are hurting themselves with these bans. If someone was about to die (or risk HIV infection) – I bet they would take that risk 100% of the time.

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