The current ban on any man who participates in sexual behavior with other men (MSM) from donating blood has been in affect since the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The rapid spread of the virus through blood transfusions and the limited testing available made the ban a vital part of protecting the blood supply and those who rely on it for their survival.
However, decades later, the testing and the preventative measures available mean that all MSM are no longer an "at risk" demographic and should no longer be prevented from donating their potentially life saving blood. The current request from Rep. Mike Quigley and Sen. John Kerry, as well as 60+ other US legislators, to have the HHS review the policy is a promising first step. But I implore you not to delay taking action. Every day that the 50,000+ potential gay donors are denied that ability, the health crisis persists and people's lives are put in jeopardy. How many lives is conducting another study worth? Change the criteria NOW!
This issue has no bounderies. It is not a gay issue. It is not a straight issues. It isn't a male issue or a female issue. This is not even a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a human issue! Once all those other distinctions fall away, we can truly work together and stand for life!