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U.S. National Gay Blood Drive

Permanent Link | Posted by Front Desk on July 12, 2013 2:21 PM


gayblooddrive150071213.jpgToday, in over 40 cities across the United States, men who have sex with men (MSM)  will report to local blood drive centers. They will first receive an HIV screening at a mobile testing, and if they get a negative result, they will attempt to donate blood. When these men identify themselves as MSM on potential donor questionnaires, as prescribed by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy, they will be removed from blood donation pools for life. The organizer of the U.S. National Gay Blood Drive, Ryan Yezak, aims to demonstrate how many potential healthy donors the FDA policy excludes. The protest comes in light of a recent decline in blood donations.  The United States' Food and Drug Administration's ban on donations from this population has existed in its current form since 1992, and was put in place under the assumption that blood from men who have sex with men is more likely to carry HIV. In June, the American Medical Association voted to oppose the FDA ban, with their spokesperson saying that it is "discriminatory and not based on sound science." Find out more about the U.S. National Gay Blood Drive at


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