• Petitioned Dr. Jerry Holmberg

This petition was delivered to:

The HHS Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability
Dr. Jerry Holmberg
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York State House

Stop the ban on homosexual males blood donations

    1. Petition by

      Thomas McAusland

      Brooklyn, NY

The HHS Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability had started a process for reviewing the FDA ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men (MSM). The current policy has been in place since 1985 when no HIV testing was available and little was known about HIV/AIDS. Since then, while many policies towards blood donations have changed, and HIV testing has significantly advanced to the point where a permanent ban no longer makes sense, the ban still remains in place. Despite these advancements this rule was not overturned.

The ban is discriminatory in that it unfairly targets gay and bisexual men because it does not distinguish between high-risk and low-risk MSM, banning potential MSM donors who are HIV-negative and consistently practice safe sex or are in long-term monogamous relationships, while others with a significantly higher risk of HIV infection are subject to less restrictive deferrals or none at all. The ban also contributes to a dangerously and chronically low blood supply in a country in which approximately just 5% of all eligible donors give.

Dr. Jerry Holmberg is the Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee, and is tasked with accepting formal public comments from both organizations and individuals. He has made his e-mail available for this purpose. Please take a minute to e-mail Dr. Holmberg, and urge him and the committee to revise the ban on blood donations from MSM.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anton Beierhuber NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I would go a step further and say that gay men should start to stop donating organs as long as they are allowed to donate blood. Why are our organs are OK but not our blood?

    • Jessica Martin ALAMEDA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Blood is blood, whether it is from a gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, male, female, transgendered, cisgendered, intersex, no sex, black, white, hispanic, asian, african, armenian or any other "type" of person. If a pig can donate a heart valve then why can't a gay person?


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