FDA Refuses To Allow Gay Blood Donations
American Medical Association Says Practice Is Discriminatory And Not Based On Science
Last month, more than 80 members of Congress wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services, criticizing the lifetime ban as an outdated measure that perpetuates inaccurate stereotypes about gay men.
In the face of such pressure, the Food and Drug Administration — the HHS agency that regulates America’s blood supply — has been unwavering. The lifetime ban will be eased, the FDA says, “only if supported by scientific data showing that a change in policy would not present a significant and preventable risk to blood recipients.”
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