Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations
  • Petitioned Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations

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Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations
United States Congress
Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations

Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations

    1. Brad Lipinski
    2. Petition by

      Brad Lipinski

      MILWAUKEE, WI

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States adopted a law in 1985 banning men who have had sexual contact with other men (MSM) after 1977 from donating blood or bone marrow. This law was brought about due to an AIDS epidemic and still remains as a law to this day. This antiquated law remains under the assumption that MSM may lead to an increased risk of contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); however, there is no solid evidence that proves that gay or bisexual males have any higher risk than straight males. Both men and women, hetero- and homo-, who are sexually active are equally at risk for HIV infection. So why, many have asked, is the law still intact? With blood and marrow donor shortages running rampant through the United States, many believe that lifting these laws would increase the blood supply and matches within the bone marrow registry, resulting in the saving of many lives.
Now, I would like you to ask yourself before passing judgement. If you needed blood or marrow, would it matter to you who the blood came from, whether gay or straight? Would not the saving of your life be more important than background of the individual that donated, as long as he or she had healthy, disease-free blood? Or if you needed bone marrow, would you rather find that your match was a gay man and use his marrow, or would you rather put off waiting for another recipient that was straight? Help sign this petition, and you may be one of many to help toward the better improvement of not only the health and well-being of the American population, but also in taking another step toward the erasure of homophobic propaganda. All it takes is a few clicks.  Help promote this movement by sending to your friends and family.  

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

      To make a sign of protest I would go a step further and announce that gay men should start to stop donating organs until they are allowed to donate blood. Why are our organs are OK but not our blood?

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    • John Liu SO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Some laws are meant to be broken, especially the incredibly stupid ones!

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    • Hana Candelaria SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I just learned of this form of discrimination today and am greatly concerned that people have not progressed further, such that we need to band together to support basic human goodness.Nevertheless, here's my signature.

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    • Chrisanna Hibbitts HURST, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      No one should be turned away when we are such a shortage of good blood, marrow and stem cells today. This ancient and outdated law is unconstitutional because it is against civil rights.

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    • Noel Bellamy CUMBERLAND, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is an ignorant and outdated law that is completely prejudiced against MSM. Anyone who is sexually active has the exact same risks as MSM and yet you don't see them face this sort of prejudice.

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