Gay Men Who Can't Get Laid May Soon Get to Donate Blood

Published: November 14, 2014

Scott Shackford
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The United States has some pretty harsh guidelines for blood donations if you’re a gay or bisexual male: Don’t. The current policy is that if you are a man who has had sex with another man since 1977, you are not permitted to donate blood, ever. The policy was put into place in the early 1980s, a remnant of a time where we were a lot less knowledgeable about the spread of HIV/AIDS and less certain about testing accuracy. But nowadays, though gay men are still in the highest HIV risk category in the United States, we know a lot more about detecting HIV and preventing it from getting it into the blood supply. There’s no longer a purpose for a blanket ban of all gay men. After all, according to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines, heterosexuals who actually have sex with somebody HIV positive or with a prostitute only need to wait a year, as do, mystifyingly, women who have had intercourse with bisexual men, even though the men themselves are permanently banned.

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