Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood
  • Petitioned Karen Midthun, M.D.

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Karen Midthun, M.D.
FDA Press Officer, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Rita Chappelle
Commissioner of the FDA
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

    1. Dorienne Willis
    2. Petition by

      Dorienne Willis

      Mansfield, MA

One of the questions asked of male blood donors is if they have had sexual contact, even once, with another male, since 1977. (Females are asked if they have had sexual contact with a male who fits this criterion.) Why? Sexual contact with another male, even once, is reason enough for a lifetime deferral - a politically-correct way of saying that they are banned from giving blood, for life.

Multiple organizations, including the American Red Cross - AABB and American Blood Centers - have attempted to change this biased and unfounded regulation, which was put forth by the FDA in 1983 to prevent the spread of HIV via blood transfusions. However, the FDA has not yet rescinded the regulation.

The American Red Cross states that this rule bars healthy potential donors, and that the policy is "medically and scientifically unwarranted." Current HIV tests can detect the virus, with a high degree of accuracy, within 10 to 21 days of infection, making a lifetime ban on donating not only unnecessary, but discriminatory.

Call on the FDA to rescind this regulation, and allow healthy people to donate blood, regardless of their sexual orientation.


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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. 25 Signatures!

      Dorienne Willis
      Petition Organizer

      We are at 25 out of 100 signatures necessary to get this petition spotlighted on! Thank you so much to everyone who has signed so far, and please take a moment to share the petition with your friends and family! Let them know that this is an issue that affects the lives of millions of people - not just those who would like to donate, but also recipients who are facing the dire shortages at blood banks! Together we can make this happen!

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bryan Del Rizzo TRACY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is simply a silly rule. Modern testing can detect for this, and besides, last time I checked, this affects everyone, regardless of their sexuality.

    • Amy Liang BAKERSFIELD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because I was denied from donating blood for not being able to talk, so I know what it feels like.

      • over 2 years ago

      Because our blood can save live too.

    • Jaime Whitaker LAFAYETTE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Becasue HIV/AIDS is found in heterosexual men and women as well. We need to stop discrimination, not allow it to grow.

    • Dennis Rosenbaum ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Seriously, you must be able to screen for AIDS and keep it out of the blood supply by now. Banning all men who've had sex with other men is the equivalent of curing the disease by killing the patient. It's just blatant discrimination, and needs to stop.


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