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FDA Proposes End To Lifetime Ban on Gay Blood Donors

 
 
Reply Tue 23 Dec, 2014 01:43 pm
FDA Proposes End To Lifetime Ban on Gay Blood Donors
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/23/372711448/fda-to-lift-ban-on-gay-blood-donors-celibate-for-at-least-a-year
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2014 10:11 am
@tsarstepan,
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The Food and Drug Administration recommends a policy that would allow blood donations from men who have abstained from sex with another man for one year. LGBT advocates say the recommendation doesn’t go far enough.

I should have read closer. Disregard. My bad. Confused
http://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/fda-recommends-relaxing-ban-on-gay-men-donating-blood-with-a#.cpnbjpRnP
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 24 Dec, 2014 10:36 am
@tsarstepan,
Oy. It's a step. A teeny tiny little step.

Ironically, but they were all too open in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and as a result some people (probably Arthur Ashe and Ryan White among them) got HIV through the blood supply.

Now they're being too strict. Of course the blood supply must be protected. Hell yeah. But it's not the act of having sex with men that gives people HIV. It's the act of having sex with men (very rarely women, but nearly always it's a transmission from men. Sorry, guys) infected with HIV (or sharing contaminated needles with infected people of either gender) that gives people HIV.

The ban should be on anyone who hasn't had an HIV test in a year or has had at least one positive (even a false one - I won't take chances even if it's a lab tech's fault. I just think a blanket prohibition would be easier to enforce).

Hell, they should just start the process with HIV tests for everyone. I'm more than willing to submit to one.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2015 11:34 am
@tsarstepan,
One year later:
Breaking: FDA Lifts Discriminatory Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood, Institutes New Discriminatory Ban


Watch: Alan Cumming Mocks FDA's Latest Anti-Gay Blood Rules In Hysterical New Campaign
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2015 11:41 am
@tsarstepan,
The Petition to Remove the unnecessary one year celibacy clause....
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jun, 2016 12:26 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2020 12:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
This is still a thing.

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2020 09:37 am
@tsarstepan,
FDA funding study around blood donations from gay men: report
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ABC News reported on Tuesday that the study, Assessing Donor Variability and New Concepts in Eligibility (Advance), is underway, and aims evaluate whether donor deferral criteria can be based on individual risks assessment. The study aims to present data to the FDA by late 2021.

The study could lead to the complete removal of restrictions around donations by gay or bisexual men, according to the news outlet.
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