Moving Toward Equality

May 13, 2015

The FDA is taking an important step toward ensuring a higher level of equality for gay and bisexual men.

A draft proposal released Tuesday by the FDA would lift the ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men.

 

Since 1985, near the start of the AIDS epidemic, men who have had sex with other men even once have been banned from donating blood in an attempt to secure the national blood supply from HIV/AIDS contamination. Current blood screening technology can detect the virus in nine to eleven days after exposure, making the policy outdated and discriminatory.

 

The new policy recommends men will have to wait at least 12 months after having sex with another man before giving blood. Read more about this important human rights issue at The Huffington Post.

 

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