News FDA: Gay dudes can now give blood

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  1. FSFN

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    PUBLIC HEALTH
    FDA Lifts Ban On Blood Donations By Gay And Bisexual Men
    Updated December 21, 20154:27 PM ETPublished December 21, 20154:19 PM ET
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    Gay and bisexual men were banned from donating blood over concern that HIV could contaminate the blood supply.

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    The Food and Drug Administration is relaxing a 32-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

    The FDA announced Monday that it was replacing a lifetime prohibition with a new policy that will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood, but only if they gave not had sexual contact with another man for at least one year.

    "Relying on sound scientific evidence, we've taken great care to ensure the revised policy continues to protect our blood supply," said Peter Marks, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

    In 1983, the FDA banned gay and bisexual men from ever being eligible to donate blood in order to protect people receiving blood transfusions from the possibility of getting infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.

    But gay rights advocates and many medical groups have been urging the FDA to lift the ban for years. They argue the policy is discriminatory because it singles out gay and bisexual men, and that it is unnecessary because blood donors can be screened for HIV.

    Others, however, have urged the FDA to keep the ban, saying that infected people can slip through the screening process. Blood tests remain negative for about nine days after a person has been infected with HIV.

    After weighing the arguments, Marks announced the FDA is finalizing a policy change it proposedlast year. The new policy brings the U.S. in line with other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Britain, Marks says. Research in Australia indicates the policy would not jeopardize the safety of the blood supply.

    But this has not satisfied many advocates.

    "It perpetuates the stigma that HIV is a gay disease," says Kelsey Louie, who heads Gay Men's Health Crisis, an advocacy group.

    Gay or bisexual men in monogamous relationships may be at much lower risk as donors than, say, promiscuous heterosexuals, Louie said.

    But others are praising the new policy as a reasonable compromise.

    "The gay community and many people view blood donation as a civil right. And I don't think it is," says Dr. Kenrad Nelson, a professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who advised the FDA about the policy.

    Nelson points out he can't donate blood for a year after he returns from countries where he might have gotten infected with malaria.

    The FDA says it will monitor the new policy to see if the restrictions could eventually be relaxed more.


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    Next dogs will be able to give blood... just spouting off nonsense here :) but you know it's coming. I'm O negative so I'm screwed if I need it..
     
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    Note to self: avoid losing large amounts of blood.
     
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    Lol why have i never heard of this before? Little crazy this took until 2015
     
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    Great can't wait for gay cancer 2 electric boogaloo
     
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    That's nice. Now @hoochieking can finally make a little money on the side selling his blood.
     
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    His boyfriend too!

    :cheer:
     
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    I am too... Is it really that hard to get?
     
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    Better to have 100% of the population be in danger than have the feelings of 2% of the population be hurt.

    Thanks, Barraq.
     
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    Can I opt for non-gay blood in an emergency?
     
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    I have nothing against Gays....except for getting blood transfusions from them
     
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    No thanks, even a gay guy probably wouldn't want gay blood given the choice.
     
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    I love my gay brother.

    Wouldn't want his blood though.
     
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    I just don't want to catch "the gay."
     
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    Just fucking great. I could give a crap if your gay but the lifestyle leads to all kinds of crap we don't know about.
    I've received alot of platelets over the last few years and it just scares me to death. Now I'll refuse treatment.
    What a thing to hear. Merry fucking Christmas.


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    they always need it because it is interchangeable, not sure if it is hard or not. I hope I never have to find out :)
     
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    thx obama
     
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    Anybody can get your blood. You can only get O-
     
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    Life partner. :grad:
     
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    I don't even know my blood type :(
     
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