Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This

News

CA Atty. General Is Among Those Calling For Gay Men To Be Able To Give Blood Without A Delay

5ea196d9f4671c00088b4162-eight.jpg
People donate blood last month during a drive held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda after the American Red Cross declared a ‘severe blood shortage.' (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Our reporting is free for everyone, but it’s not free to make.
LAist only exists with reader support. If you're in a position to give, your donation powers our reporters and keeps us independent.
"The discriminatory restrictions against blood donations by healthy gay and bisexual Americans have persisted for far too long."

That's the position taken this week by the attorneys general of 20 states, including California, in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that calls on the agency to further ease rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Those restrictions, which began in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, have been loosened in recent years from a lifetime ban on donating to allowing men who have sex with men to donate blood if they had not had sex in the last 12 months, to another scale-back last month to a three month wait.

The call for action is motivated by the current coronavirus crisis. The letter specifically cites:

Support for LAist comes from
  • A UCLA study that found another 300,000 pints of blood would be available annually if the ban was lifted entirely.
  • The need for "potentially life-saving convalescent plasma" donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and the current requirement that they be eligible to give blood.

READ THE FULL STORY

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.