Lift the Lifetime Restriction on Gay Men from Donating Blood
  • Petitioning James Berger

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Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability
James Berger
Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability
Richard Henry
Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability
Renee Wilson

Lift the Lifetime Restriction on Gay Men from Donating Blood

    1. Michael Heroux
    2. Petition by

      Michael Heroux

      Enfield, CT

The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability decided to uphold a discriminatory rule that bans men from donating blood if they have had sex with another male, even once, since 1977. This decision affects thousands of men who wish to donate blood but have been denied. According to the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 219,000 more pints of blood could be donated if the ban is lifted. In a time where blood shortages cause many problems, such an increase is absolutely necessary. The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability should lift the ban so that all men who are disease free are able to donate blood. There is no longer any reason why this minority group should not be able to donate. A similar ban in the UK has been lifted, and no problems have ensued. Many U.S. senators, the Red Cross, and America's Blood Centers all support the lifting of the ban. It's time to reverse this ban and allow all healthy men to donate blood.

The newest and most advanced testing can detect the HIV and AIDs virus up to 2 weeks after it has been contracted. Because of this, I am petitioning to change the deferral period from life to a month. This time period allows the tests to detect any tainted blood. This would allow gay men to donate blood as equally as everyone else.

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    • Samantha Moss LIVERMORE, CA
      • 1 day ago

      Because everyone's contribution is Greatly needed to provide healthy blood to the ill and injured

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    • Eric Reyes NEW YORK, NY
      • 13 days ago

      Because I am a gay man in a monogamous relationship capable of saving lives

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    • Jerry O'Brien PLEASANTVILLE, NY
      • 3 months ago

      B/C it's ridiculous

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    • robert mandeville FOREST, VA
      • 3 months ago

      All blood is supposed to be tested. HIV has been on the rise amongst heterosexuals over the last 20 years.

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    • Chris Kassof NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
      • 3 months ago

      ANYONE can save a life - this shouldn't be limited to certain people.

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