Encourage the FDA to Review Blood Donation Policies that discriminate against Gay & Bi men.
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The FDA's Current Guidance on Blood Donations for Gay and Bi-Sexual men is discriminatory and arbitrary leaving countless healthy donors unable to do so.
It needs to be reviewed and updated to reflect current science and HIV testing capabilities to determine one individual donor's risk to the donor pool.
And each unit of blood donated in the U.S. is routinely screened for various infectious disease pathogens, including five transfusion–transmitted viruses, using nine laboratory tests which makes the restrictions on donations by gay and bi men unnecessary and discriminatory.
Blood is Blood http://bloodisblood.us in Buffalo, NY has been pushing for change since 2015 and has only seen one stride from the FDA to update their policy - by replacing an indefinite deferral to a 12-month deferral.
I am proposing that we update the policy to one in which we determine eligibility based on an individual donors risk, not one whole group.
Via Sexual History & Testing Records.
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