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Red is in the Rainbow

We believe it is unjust to prohibit any man who has had sex with another man from donating blood. This discriminatory policy stigmatizes gay men and reinforces the stereotype that all gay men have HIV/AIDS. This ban should not be based on someone's sexual partner, but the risk of their behavior. A one year deferral period is sufficient for testing blood and maintaining safety.

This petition was delivered to:
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Anitra D. Brown-Reed
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Maria Velasco
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Susan Seefeld
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    C. Stewart Watson
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Nilda Villegas
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Cariny Nunez
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Sylvia E. Gaytan
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Natalie Guidry
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Sheryl McConnell
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Tywanna Paul
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Laurel Eu
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Alan Bennett
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Mary Ellen Taylor
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Devin Koontz
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Chauntra Rideaux
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Rosario Quintanilla Vior
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Brenda Zimmer
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Dilcia Granville
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Janet McDonald
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Joan G. Lytle
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    JoAnn Pittman
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Joseph Raulinaitis
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Mary B. Yebba
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Stephen King
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Susan Small
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Diana Monaco
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Lisa Misevicz
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Carol Gallagher
  • FDA Public Affairs Specialist
    Dawn Pyant
  • The Food and Drug Administration
    Commissioner Margaret Hamburg


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