FDA Panel looking into efficacy of Ban on Blood Donation by Gay Men to Reduce HIV Cases

November 14, 2014 3:42 PM

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FDA Panel looking into efficacy of Ban on Blood Donation by Gay Men to Reduce HIV Cases

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has begun considering if it really helps in reducing the number of HIV cases by keeping the ban on accepting blood donation from gay men in effect. Testimonies from advocates were heard on Thursday, with many saying before the FDA's Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability that the lifetime ban on gay men, which deprives them from donating blood, is discriminatory and has become obsolete with advancements in technology.

Caleb Laieski, a 19-year-old gay activist who has sued the FDA to overturn the ban, said the ban on accepting blood from gay and bisexual men came into effect in 1985 and its entre focus is on sexual orientation, not science, a factor that makes it completely unfathomable. Laieski told the group tha...

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