Tag: Ban on Donating Blood

FDA to Ease Rules For Gay Men Seeking to Donate Blood, Ryan Field Books

 FDA to Ease Rules For Gay Men Seeking to Donate Blood

When AIDS started to kill off gay men, and long before we had drugs to combat HIV, the FDA decided to ban gay men from donating blood. And even though we now have HIV drugs and things like PrEP, there’s a still a ban all these years later. Not to mention the fact that a lot of gay men are not HIV + nor do they live promiscuous lives. 

However, there is hope. The FDA recently announced that it would do away with the 3 month abstinence requirement for men who have gay sex. And now they will be questioned about their risk to HIV which would be based on sexual activity and behavior. 

“Current and former blood donation policies made unfounded assumptions about gay and bisexual men and really entangled individuals’ identity with their likelihood of having HIV,” said Sarah Warbelow of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group.

Here’s the rest. It goes deeper into the questions gay men will be asked and a few facts about PrEP. I can understand having these bans years ago. We knew nothing about AIDS, and we were terrified. But not that we know, and now that things have changed, it’s time to revisit these old laws. 

Side note: For those of you on PrEP I am seeing a lot of younger gay men on social media talk about their kidney functions. Some have even gone into kidney failure. Be aware. 

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