FDA: Lift the "Sexual Contact with Males" Rule for Donating Blood.
Today I was finally given the opportunity to give blood. I've been waiting to since my freshman year. I'm a bisexual male who's 17 and a high school senior.
During my evaluation, the question "Since 1977, have you had sexual contact with a male?" came up and I answered yes. A question earlier in the evaluation was "Since 1977, have you had relations with someone who's HIV positive?" which I answered no to. Because of my yes answer to the contact question, I was deemed ineligible to donate blood. I feel like I'm being discriminated against and stereotyped.
In the education handout I received and read over prior to going to donate, it says that questions will be asked about sexual contact and lists the types of contact, one of which I've done. Then, it says that you shouldn't donate if you "Have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone listed above [HIV+]" And "Are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977."
The two guys I've had contact with are both negative and so am I. So it shouldn't be a problem. They're basically saying that if you're a guy, don't experiment or anything with a guy; ie, be straight as an arrow. Like, its silly and stupid. The nurse who did my evaluation even said it's a stupid rule that should be lifted!
I'm in perfect health and HIV-. I should've donated today. But because of my genetics and lifestyle, I couldn't.
Please help me with this petition to lift the rule so other bisexual and gay males like myself who are safe with their contact can donate blood and help save lives!
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