The FDA Responds to Criticism of 'Loosening' Ban on Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men

December 31, 2014 11:51 PM

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On Dec. 30 I organized a protest outside the FDA field office in Philadelphia to raise awareness about their ongoing ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The ban has been in place since 1983 and excludes men who have had sex with men since 1977 from donating blood. The ban also applies to anyone who has had sex with a man who has had sex with a man since 1977.

Recently, the FDA announced that it will "loosen" the ban (after reaffirming it only a few weeks prior). However, the "loosened" restrictions will have little effect, as they require men who have sex with men to remain celibate for one year prior to donating. This one-year waiting period is puzzling...

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