FDA eases restrictions on blood donations from gay men

  • metta

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    Dec 21, 2015 7:18 PM GMT
    FDA eases restrictions on blood donations from gay men

    "Federal health officials are lifting the nation's 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate.

    The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it will replace the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had sex with a man in the previous year. While the one-year-ban has been criticized by activists it matches policies in other countries, including Australia, Japan and the U.K."


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    Dec 21, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    I totally forgot that I have a legitimate reason for not giving blood other than that gigantic turkey baster they call a needle. I am a gay man with a sex drive. Even though I practice safe sex the government says, absolutely not.
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    Dec 22, 2015 12:57 AM GMT
    OK, now I see this, after I had made my own thread about it. I've now deleted mine.

    But as I said in my former thread, I wonder how long before this is actually implemented by the American Red Cross? I was banned for life, a week after 9/11 when I tried to donate.

    I'd been a regular blood donor most of my adult life, but never before asked about my sexual orientation during the screening process. Well, I'm an honest guy, I answered truthfully. And I got entered into a database they said would bar me for life, no appeals possible.

    Stupid policy, because I remain HIV negative to this day. And have never had any STDs whatsoever, and nothing else of a communicable nature in my blood. An ideal donor that they lost for over 14 years.

    And all drawn blood has to be checked for HIV anyway, because people lie during the screening, or they simply don't know they already have HIV, whether they're gay or straight. Otherwise the blood supply would be totally compromised and unusable. I just hope I'm not considered too old to resume donating now.
  • metta

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    Dec 30, 2015 5:19 PM GMT
    O’Malley, Clinton decry FDA’s new gay blood ban


    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/12/29/omalley-clinton-decry-fdas-new-gay-blood-ban/