The Blood Donation Ban on Men Who Have Sex With Men, Reconsidered
Via Metro Weekly: This June, the "Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability" intends to commence reconsidering an FDA policy that's been in place since 1985: The one "prohibiting men who have had sex with another man 'even one time since 1977' from donating blood."
Three blood-y groups—The American Association of Blood Banks, America's Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross—oppose the FDA's lifetime ban; in 2006, the orgs announced that they consider it ''medically and scientifically unwarranted.'' In place of the lifetime ban, the organizations recommended that gay men who "have not had sex with another man for more than a year" should be eligible to donate. Does this mean that ex-gays may finally be able to contribute to our blood supply?
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