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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States adopted a law in 1985 banning men who have had sexual contact with other men (MSM) after 1977 from donating blood or bone marrow. This law was brought about due to an AIDS epidemic and still remains as a law to this day. This antiquated law remains under the assumption that MSM may lead to an increased risk of contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); however, there is no solid evidence that proves that gay or bisexual males have any higher risk than straight males. Both men and women, hetero- and homo-, who are sexually active are equally at risk for HIV infection. So why, many have asked, is the law still intact? With blood and marrow donor shortages running rampant through the United States, many believe that lifting these laws would increase the blood supply and matches within the bone marrow registry, resulting in the saving of many lives.
Now, I would like you to ask yourself before passing judgement. If you needed blood or marrow, would it matter to you who the blood came from, whether gay or straight? Would not the saving of your life be more important than background of the individual that donated, as long as he or she had healthy, disease-free blood? Or if you needed bone marrow, would you rather find that your match was a gay man and use his marrow, or would you rather put off waiting for another recipient that was straight? Help sign this petition, and you may be one of many to help toward the better improvement of not only the health and well-being of the American population, but also in taking another step toward the erasure of homophobic propaganda. All it takes is a few clicks.  Help promote this movement by sending to your friends and family.  

Letter to
United States Senate Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations
United States Congress Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations.

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Remove the Ban Against MSM Blood and Marrow Donations

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States adopted a law in 1985 banning men who have had sexual contact with other men (MSM) after 1977 from donating blood or bone marrow. This law was brought about due to an AIDS epidemic and still remains as a law to this day. This antiquated law remains under the assumption that MSM may lead to an increased risk of contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); however, there is no solid evidence that proves that gay or bisexual males have any higher risk than straight males. Both men and women, hetero- and homo-, who are sexually active are equally at risk for HIV infection. So why, many have asked, is the law still intact? With blood and marrow donor shortages running rampant through the United States, many believe that lifting these laws would increase the blood supply and matches within the bone marrow registry, resulting in the saving of many lives.
Now, I would like you to ask yourself before passing judgement. If you needed blood or marrow, would it matter to you who the blood came from, whether gay or straight? Would not the saving of your life be more important than background of the individual that did it, as long as he or she had healthy, disease-free blood? Or if you needed bone marrow, would you rather find that your match was a gay man and use his marrow, or would you rather put off waiting for another recipient that was straight? Help sign this petition, and you may be one of many to help toward the better improvement of not only the health and well-being of the American population, but also taking another step toward the erasure of homophobic propaganda.
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Sincerely,