Allow members of the gay and bisexual community to give blood.
  • Petitioned United States Food & Drug Administration

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United States Food & Drug Administration

Allow members of the gay and bisexual community to give blood.

    1. Jonathan Klaren
    2. Petition by

      Jonathan Klaren

      Charlottesville, VA

In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration initiated a ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). The ban was started in response to the AIDS epidemic and the statistics that suggest MSM are at a higher risk for contracting HIV. Since then, AIDS statistics and ability to monitor blood borne illness have changed drastically, yet the ban has stayed in place. If lifted, up to 219,000 pints of blood could be donated each year. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. A bias and out-of-date ban is preventing the possibility of hundreds of thousands of lives to be saved. Regardless of your opinion on LGBT issues or HIV/AIDS, it's clear that government has failed on this issue, and it's time for change.

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    • Denny George BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      End this discrimination & help save some precious lives!!!

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    • Kaley O'Hara SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an al

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    • Joshua Daugherty BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a queer transman. I have had SAFE sex with MEN and WOMEN. I get tested regularly and I am NO MORE at risk than anyone else. This policy is ridiculous. I have been donating blood (thus lying) for years.

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    • Sydney Werry TUCSON, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      There is no difference between hetero and homosexual people's blood. We all come from the same place, our personal preference does not make a difference on our human anatomy.

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    • Megan Zamiska TUCSON, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      People of the gay and bisexual community have the same blood as heterosexual people.

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