Stop the ban on homosexuals from donating blood and/or plasma.
  • Petitioned United States Food and Drug Administration

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United States Food and Drug Administration

Stop the ban on homosexuals from donating blood and/or plasma.

    1. Bryce Griffler
    2. Petition by

      Bryce Griffler

      Sterling Heights, MI

Before blood and plasma donation centers began testing all blood and plasma donations for STIs and other diseases, HIV/AIDS was a serious concern for blood donations. A once-misunderstood disease led to a ban on homosexuals from offering to help those in need by way of blood or plasma donation beginning in 1983. Today, all donations are thoroughly tested only AFTER a thorough questionnaire that addresses dangerous issues like the donors' recent foreign travels, etc. The questionnaire also asks if the male donor has "had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977." In a May 2007 Associated Press (AP) article, the FDA is quoted stating that "HIV tests currently in use are highly accurate." There is absolutely no reason that this outdated ban should continue to be in place. Perhaps the FDA should consider a fixed-time deferral, in which the male donor must wait a period of time after sexual contact with another male before donating. This way, tests are more likely to identify HIV-positive donors (tests identify HIV-positive donors 10-21 days after infection, according to the AP), and the FDA no longer turns away potentially healthy donors. The effectiveness of a fixed-time deferral has been proven effective in other countries, such as Australia, where the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) has cited that "no evidence of a significantly increased risk of transfusion-transmitted human immunodeficiency virus infection in Australia subsequent to implementing a 12-month deferral for men who have had sex with men." Several other developed countries such as New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, Japan, Sweden, South Africa and the UK currently have fixed-time deferrals in effect, while Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain have overturned their previous deferral policy, no longer deferring such donors. Government committees and councils across the US have called for the FDA's further review of this policy for a potential overturn, but to no avail. If our nation comes together for a fight, we can make a change. The AP article can be found here: http://on.msnbc.com/yEAccC

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    • Meg Weckstein ROANOKE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      The rules prohibiting homosexual persons from donating their blood is clearly senseless, bigoted, and denies countless people access to much needed blood and countless potential donors their due dignity.

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    • Jillian Rubino NORFOLK, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      ...are we worried that people will "catch" homosexuality?

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    • Mark Epperly CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am gay & have been in a monogamous relationship for 18 years. I work with married people who routinely cheat with multiple partners. Why can they donate blood but not me?

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

      The ban is not based on medical fact...and serves only to perpetuate homophobias.

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    • Shannon Deep VALLEJO, CAMBODIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I think it is unfair, discriminatory, and a waste of blood that could help save lives to bar a whole section of society who is willing to donate just because of their sexuality, when there are no conclusive data linking anal sex specifically 100% of the time with HIV/AIDS.

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