U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Allow gay/bisexual men to donate blood.

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Azmi Abdulhadi
6 years ago
What the UK did sounds smart, but sounds like they can cut it in half and apply it to Heteros

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Will Mayrick
6 years ago
It is outrageous that gay/bisexual men are not allowed to give blood, when straight me and women can present the same risk.

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Megan Campesi
6 years ago
All healthy people, no matter what their sexual orientation is nor their level of sexual activity, should be allowed to donate precious blood that people desperately need.

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Caitlin Bovard
6 years ago
I'm signing because this ban makes NO SENSE and is homophobic, unfounded and offensive.

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Scott Parrish
6 years ago
I am deeply concerned about the FDA's policy on banning gay/bisexual men from donating blood. They had 32 years to study this and they announced in December 2014 they would be moving to a one year deferral. They could have done this one year deferral back in 1992. This is 23 years past due. How long will the one year deferral be in place? Another 23 years? We the public deserve to have our government make decisions at a reasonable pace.

It is unreasonable to continue to ban gay men in committed relationships.

Twitter announced that they have discontinued blood drives. This is just the beginning of other companies and universities from cancelling blood drives in the future.

I noticed that members of congress have been asking the FDA to drop this ridiculous ban since 2010. It is unreasonable that the FDA is allowed to continue to drag their feet on this.

It is way past time for members of congress to increase pressure on the FDA? It is time to pass a bill that would override the FDA. It's unreasonable to continue this policy. How long does the gay community have to wait? 10 years? 30 years? 1,000 years? We have to draw a line on long we have to wait for the FDA to make changes.

Was the announcement the FDA made back in December 2014 a stall tactic? I don't believe the FDA is serious about making any serious changes to the blood donor questionnaire.

It is way past time for the FDA to explain their reasons. claiming they don't have enough data is not a good enough excuse.

Science has shown us that we can have a updated questionnaire. The FDA is too slow moving on this. The FDA needs to be given a deadline to move to a individual risk based questionnaire. The FDA seems to be given all the time in the world to make decisions.

All the FDA focuses on is safety. They seem to be ignoring blood availability. Having enough blood is part of blood safety too.

The FDA makes it seem that testing only works if someone is straight. Are they saying testing doesn't work if you're gay? That is ridiculous.

The FDA should not have all this power. Congress and the President need to get involved. There is no reason for the FDA to continue this sham.
I am a gay male who has been donating blood for over 15 years. I simply lie on the question.
What stops gay men from donating blood, a HOMOPHOBIC QUESTION on a form?
It's way past time for the FDA to get off it's high horse.

What is this hold the FDA has on everyone? It not only the FDA that is banning gay men. It’s the ENTIRE government. The government is letting the FDA get away with this for way too long. The FDA has a monopoly on our health. This country needs to wake up and realize the FDA is allowed to go at their own pace without anyone telling them to make decisions in a reasonable time.

The FDA doesn’t care about our health. They just approved some Salmon GMO even though majority of the public is saying no to GMOs. The FDA gets away with things because the entire government lets them. The ENTIRE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.

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Stephanie Alves
6 years ago
Because we are in an advanced era of technology where blood can be tested.

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Mark Dato
6 years ago
This is common sense...

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Emma Mantell
6 years ago
My gay friend was turned down from donating at a blood drive in our college. It's 2015, they tests everyone's blood before they use it anyway. This is utterly ridiculous and needs to be stopped.

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Mike Gonzales
6 years ago
I was denied being able to donate because i'm gay as well

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Rose Sturgis
6 years ago
Blood is the same, differences in who a person is in love in, or has sex with shouldn't matter as long as the blood is safe to use.