Gay Men Should be Allowed to Donate Blood
  • Petitioned Carol Gallagher

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FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Carol Gallagher
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Mary B. Yebba
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Joseph Raulinaitis
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Susan Small
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Joan G. Lytle
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Anitra D. Brown-Reed
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Stephen King
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Brenda Zimmer
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
JoAnn Pittman
FDA Public Affairs Specialist
Diana Monaco
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Gay Men Should be Allowed to Donate Blood

    1. Andrew Heugel
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Heugel

      Brewster, NY

Any man who has had sex with other men since 1977 is not allowed to donate blood under current FDA rules. The potential donor could have had such sex 10, 20 or even 30 years ago, be healthy, and have been tested for HIV and other STD's since their last unprotected man to man sex, but their having had unprotected sex with another man since 1977 eliminates them from consideration as a blood donor. There is a shortage of blood in the blood banks and to deny men who have had unprotected sex with other men during the past thirty-three years the opportunity to donate blood, despite taking precautions is both discriminatory and significantly significantly lowers the amount of available blood.

I feel that with more advanced testing methods used in all blood drives that this ban should be lifted to both not discriminate against Gay men and more importantly because it would increase our blood supply and overall community health.

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    1. Decision-maker Pat Steadman responds:

      Pat Steadman

      Blood donations are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (specifically the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research); therefore, it is a federal regulation. The FDA's current policy on donor deferral for history o...


    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for your engagement. The regulations around blood donation are set by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. I would urge you to contact Congresswoman DeGette and Senators Bennet and Udall to discuss your concern.


    4. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Skylar Greene LOMPOC, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am signing because there should be equal opportunity for everybody. I'm currently doing a speech on this topic for school and I hope it will help get more people to sign this petition!

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    • Skylar Greene LOMPOC, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      My best friend is a gay man and he should have the same rights as everyone else. I'm also currently writing a speech on this topic!

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    • cheyenne corvillion MOUTN AIRY, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      blacks are more likely to have aids but they are not banning them cuz that would be wrong but with gay man its fine????the blood goes throw so much testing they wouldn't let u give blood if u had and they found it and when they do find it they don't us ethe blood

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    • Jonathan Frame FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is flagrant discrimination based on stereotypes of gays. It's wrong to not let them donate blood.

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    • Dalton Yurske BURLINGTON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I Donate blood

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